Celtic music theory

Ultimate guide to Celtic/Irish music theory part 2 – how to find chords for any mode

Hello again, and welcome to part 2 of my guide to scales, modes, and chords for Celtic backing guitarists! In this video I’ll be looking at the seven “Greek” modes formed from a major scale, particularly the four used in Celtic music; ionian, dorian, mixolydian and aeolian. You’ll learn how these modes are formed, which chords fit with each of them and how you can quickly and readily memorise their relationships in order to never be stuck for the right chords in a folk session ever again!

I’ll also be demonstrating my brand new invention, The Amazing Mode Wheel by Finale Guitar, which makes the whole topic much easier to understand, visualise and memorise.

You can read my blog dealing with the major scale and the chords which go with it here.

…And my complete guide to using the “Greek” modes for Celtic music here.

Watch part 1 here.

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My invention The Amazing Mode Wheel can show you all the notes and chords which fit in any scale used in Celtic music.

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