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03 September 2010 - 03:37 AM

go out and mug an old granny of her pension, might get some sort of satisfaction out of it...:tumbleweed:

In Topic: Question about applying modes to a solo

03 September 2010 - 03:31 AM

modes are an interesting one. The way I see it is you need to remember the key intervals which make a mode a mode, for example(use the key of C for clarity)

the notes of the C major scale are C D E F G A B C

I could play C Ionian which I think is a rather sterile boring sounding kind of scale, but is probably the safest mode to play if you arent sure about the progression

I could play D dorian(with the root at the 10th fret), the dorian has a b3 and a b7, its important to recognise what gives this interval its sound, in this case its the b3 and b7, my advice would be to play around and familiarise yourself with this. slash uses this mode quite frequently in is solos.

I could play E phrygian, this is one of my personal favourites, it has a spanish sound to it this is due to the b2, b3, b6 and b7. Again its worth memorising these intervals. The dorian and phrygian combined can create some cool licks, slash does this quite alot in his solos, e.g nightrain, november rain, dont cry, dont damn me etc

I could play F lydian. This is the same as the major scale but has a #4 to it, it is quite airy sounding but im not personally a fan.

G mixolydian could be played, this is the only scale that creats a dominant 7th, it is the same as the major scale apart from it has a b7 in it meaning it can be used in blues. Its important to train your ear to recognise the dominant 7th, its a wavering chord and it feels like it needs to go somewhere, this scale could add alot of tension into your playing.

A Aeolian has a b3, a b6 and a b7 in it meaning its a minor scale, it is the relative minor of C major. Slash also uses this scale quite frequently and blends it into his pentatonics.

B locrian is a weird one that you will prob never use.

so its important to learn the tonality of each scale, for example I think of the aeolian as the same as the first box of the pentatonic with some notes added in, so depending on the chord progression, I could whittle away in Am pentatonic adding in the aeolian notes, then scoot up to D dorian and E phrygian, play some licks then move up to mixolydian if a dominant chord is played then scoot back down to minor pent and play some more positions up there. I'm quite a weird one as I play from a blues background, so instead of thinking in major, I always think of minor and relate the scales to the minor pentatonic positions. Doing it this way will allow you to add some more colour to your solos, you might be sick of playing in that box position all the time, if you learn your modes inside out and I mean inside out you remember all the notes on the guitar which can and cant be played and you remember the tonality of the modes.

hope that helped you a little bit.

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