G SHARP LOCRIAN MODE

‘G Sharp Locrian’ is the 7th mode of the A Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard. The notes in G# Locrian are:

G# – A – B – C# – D – E – F#

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

Parallel Approach:

G# Major has the following notes:

G# – A# – B# – C# – D# – E# – Fx

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

G# – A – B – C# – D – E – F#

Derivative Approach:

G# is the 7th note of the A Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard:

A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G#

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

G# – A – B – C# – D – E – F#

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

G Sharp Locrian Mode Open Position Frets

G Sharp Locrian Mode Open Position Notes

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

G Sharp Locrian Mode 1st Position Frets

G Sharp Locrian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at G# locrian in the 4th position (lowest fret is 4)

G Sharp Locrian Mode 4th Position Frets

G Sharp Locrian Mode 4th Position Notes

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

G Sharp Locrian Mode 5th Position Frets

G Sharp Locrian Mode 5th Position Notes

Now let’s look at G# locrian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

G Sharp Locrian Mode 9th Position Frets
G Sharp Locrian Mode 9th Position Notes

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

G Sharp Locrian Mode 10th Position Frets

G Sharp Locrian Mode 10th Position Notes

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

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

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