E SHARP LOCRIAN MODE

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

E# – F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D#

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 E# locrian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

E# Major has the following notes:

E# – Fx – Gx – A# – B# – Cx – Dx

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

E# – F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D#

Derivative Approach:

E# is the 7th note of the F# major scale:

F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E#

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

E# – F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D#

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

E Sharp Locrian Mode Open Position Frets

E Sharp Locrian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at E# locrian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

E Sharp Locrian Mode 1st Position Frets

E Sharp Locrian Mode 1st Position Notes

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

E Sharp Locrian Mode 2nd Position Frets

E Sharp Locrian Mode 2nd Position Notes

Now let’s look at E# locrian in the 6th position (lowest fret is 6)

E Sharp Locrian Mode 6th Position Frets

E Sharp Locrian Mode 6th Position Notes

Now let’s look at E# locrian in the 7th position (lowest fret is 7)

E Sharp Locrian Mode 7th Position Frets

E Sharp Locrian Mode 7th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at E# locrian in the 10th position (lowest fret is 10)

E Sharp Locrian Mode 10th Position Frets

E Sharp Locrian Mode 10th Position Notes

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

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

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