At first Modal Guitar Playing might seem foreign. Step back from your Guitar Playing and see what you’re already doing. Look at this hint!
If you’ve been playing the guitar for some time now and feel you are stuck playing solos using just the minor and major scales from start to finish, maybe it’s time to explore a little further and call on a little something called the “modes”.
Well come on! I’ll walk you through it.
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Back To The Business of Modes
Basically scales derived from the major scale, so with a little knowledge about scales the modes then become simpler to learn. Still in the beginning modes can be a little intimidating (not to mention befuddling) at first.
The truth, however, is that learning modes is really easy, since they are simply a combination of other basic concepts that you are probably already acquainted with.
In modern music today, modes generally refer to a type of scale coupled with a set of characteristic melodic behaviors.
Thus, learning the modes does not mean that you need to study new scale patterns or anything, as modes are already based on major scale patterns and chord progressions.
The only difference is that here one uses musical modes (rather than chord progressions) to create a harmonic framework.
Whats This Mean to a Player
And while it is true that the real objective and reason behind the modal concept baffles most people, the reality is that modes are more than a simple theoretical concept.
It is said that everything can be related to a mode, which means that most music is modally based and if one knows how to recognize the modes than one can easily understand how chord progressions, bass lines, harmonies and melodies work.
You Only Need Seven!
So what are these much talked about modes all about?
There are seven modes (moods and/or feelings) in all and if you’ve been taking guitar lessons for some time, you probably already know two of them.
The Major Scale: Which is the first mode above (aka The Ionian.)
The minor scale: Which is also the sixth mode below (aka The Aeolian.)
The other five are:
Each comes with its own individual structure and sound. And you might say that Modes Are The Feelings of your song. So at first learning to play these seven major modes, most of us begin with the Ionian, then the Dorian, then the Phrygian and so on and so forth up the fretboard until we’ve learned all seven.
You Want Your Audience to Feel What?
While the Locrian evokes a strange sound and is seldom used, the Dorian and the Mixolydian modes evoke bluesy, jazzy sounds that were a huge hit during the 60s and 70s.
In contrast, the Phrygian appears melancholy, whereas the Lydian mode produces a happy tone mostly used in rock music.
Any of these can be used as the primary pitch for your next magnificent solo. Used to add a little “something extra” to a musical composition.
The knowledge of modes and(modal guitar playing) is a must if you want to grow into a proficient, versatile and skilled guitar player.
There you have it! I do hope you got something out of this post. And as always I recommend if your a beginner or an intermediate player that just don’t get this, Get a Good Guitar Teacher to Help You.
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