C LOCRIAN MODE

‘C Locrian’ is the 7th mode of the D flat major scale. The notes in C Locrian are:

C – Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb

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 C locrian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

C Major has the following notes:

C – D – E – F – G – A – B

If we ‘lower’ the 2nd note (D), 3rd note (E), 5th note (G), 6th note (A) and 7th note (B), we get the following:

C – Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb

Derivative Approach:

C is the 7th note of the Db major scale:

Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C

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

C – Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

There are no ‘open positions’ for C locrian, as none of the notes in the scale can be played on the open strings.

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

C Locrian Mode 1st Position Frets

C Locrian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at C locrian in the 2th position (lowest fret is 2)

C Locrian Mode 2nd Position Frets

C Locrian Mode 2nd Position Notes

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

C Locrian Mode 5th Position Frets

C Locrian Mode 5th Position Notes

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

C Locrian Mode 8th Position Frets

C Locrian Mode 8th Position Notes

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

C Locrian Mode 9th Position Frets

C Locrian Mode 9th Position Notes

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

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