What The F? Locrian mode
We wrap up our series on modal scales with a look at the whacky-sounding Locrian mode
We’re not joking when we say whacky! The Locrian mode is rarely heard in rock or pop and only occasionally found in metal and jazz-fusion. That said, have a listen to Juicebox by The Strokes, and Black Sabbath by, you guessed it, Black Sabbath – both feature Locrian riffs. However, so weird is this mode, even these tracks aren’t fully Locrian. Their riffs are Locrian,
b5 sure, but jam along on a m7 chord (the root chord of the Locrian mode) and you’ll find it just doesn’t quite fit. Still, despite its unusual sound, the Locrian mode provides ample opportunity for fresh, creative ideas. Read on as we take a look...