B SHARP LOCRIAN MODE

‘B Sharp Locrian’ is the 7th mode of the C sharp major scale. The notes in B# Locrian are:

B# – C# – D# – E# – F# – G# – A#

If you have read the post on understanding the locrian mode, you will know that the locrian mode contains a ‘flat 2’, a ‘flat 3’ a ‘flat 5’ a ‘flat 6’ and a ‘flat 7’ (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 7th mode of the major scale (derivative approach). The locrian mode is a very ‘dark’ sounding mode and is probably the hardest of the 7 modes to get acquainted with. Let’s briefly look at how to construct B# locrian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

B# Major has the following notes:

B# – Cx – Dx – E# – Fx – Gx – Ax

If we ‘lower’ the 2nd note (Cx), 3rd note (Dx), 5th note (Fx), 6th note (Gx) and 7th note (Ax), we get the following:

B# – C# – D# – E# – F# – G# – A#

Derivative Approach:

B# is the 7th note of the C# major scale:

C# – D# – E# – F# – G# – A# – B#

If we play the C# major scale and start on the 7th note we get the following:

B# – C# – D# – E# – F# – G# – A#

Let’s look at the B# locrian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

Positions Along the Fretboard:

There is no ‘open position’ for B# locrian, as none of the notes in the scale can be played on the open strings.

Let’s look at B# locrian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

B Sharp Locrian Mode 1st Position Frets

B Sharp Locrian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at B# locrian in the 2nd position (lowest fret is 2)

B Sharp Locrian Mode 2nd Position Frets

B Sharp Locrian Mode 2nd Position Notes

Now let’s look at B# locrian in the 5th position (lowest fret is 5)

B Sharp Locrian Mode 5th Position Frets

B Sharp Locrian Mode 5th Position Notes

Now let’s look at B# locrian in the 8th position (lowest fret is 8)

B Sharp Locrian Mode 8th Position Frets

B Sharp Locrian Mode 8th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at B# locrian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

B Sharp Locrian Mode 9th Position Frets

B Sharp Locrian Mode 9th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of B# locrian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the locrian mode, check out locrian mode explained.

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