About modes 1

For the start i would say something about importance of single string playing.

Most of the guitarists are learning about position playing – scale diagrams, chord diagrams etc…

That is great but often can lead to a playing by scheme and not using your ears.

A few tips :

  • Play as many scales as you know on one string up and down
  • Use a metronom and record a drone for a background usling looper, computer, telphone… (key of the exersize because using of a root note is giving you a real sense of degrees of a scale)
  • Ex. Use a simple major scale on open E string

We will name it as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Then  use a mixolidian mode:

1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 8

Listen carefuly and feel the diference between these to scales

Think of the emotion behind this notes!

Behind sound is an emotion – always!