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Modal headache... [Jul. 28th, 2006|03:53 am]
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Im a guitarist, i've been playing for 14 years, im now 20. I am fairly new to music theory, i have taken guitar lessons (for a while from Jason Moss of the Cherry Poppin Daddies) and ive even taken a music fundamentals class, and i understand a lot but one thing that gets me time and time again are the modes *insert suspensful music here* Ive got the basic concept of the Maj scale modes but im having trouble applying that. Any suggestions or tips on learning to fully understand the modes?

Thanks for anyhelp..

[User Picture]From: lsur
2006-07-29 04:35 pm (UTC)
I found that learning the patterns on guitar helped my ear a lot. I learned them in two ways - play C majour then play a scale starting on each step of the scale. That's fairly basic. But then, learn the patterns of tones and semitones for each and play them all starting from the same note eg C.

The result was that I could recognise them when used in music I happened to be hearing. Progressive rock\metal for example uses them a lot.

Once you can recognise the mode that is being used, you know what chords to use. These come from harmonising the particular major scale then putting the chords in the right order for each mode of that scale.

So, when you can do that, you can improvise or compose using the appropriate scale/mode and chords.
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