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A Quick Glance at Modes
Hey there folks, here is a little insight on modes for beginner to intermediate level players.
An interval is the distance between any of those notes. There are two basic intervals, "whole step" and "half step". A whole step is the equivalent of two frets on the fretboard, a half step, one fret.
There are seven modes in every major key. Take C major. Each note in that key is the root note for a mode in that key.
The modes in any major key, in order, are Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. Now, sticking with C Major, you have C Ionian (also known as the C major) as the first mode in the key. Now you go from there:
You ask, what determines the order of the modes or what determines which note in a key will be the root note of a mode? The answer is simple. Each note in a key corrosponds with a degree.
Degress are the numbered order of the notes in a key/scale. So, take C major:
All the modes in a major key will have the same notes. The notes will always go in order of the Alphabet. Each mode will start with the root note of that mode, i.e. D Dorian will start with D and not C even though it is in the key of C major.
All of the above modes are in the key of C major, thus, they all contain the same notes.
Learning how to play the modes is easy. Learning how to comprehend the modes is a little harder. I've sorted out the intverals for each mode so you can go ahead and build your own.
And... Just to show you what the hell all of the above is, here is an example:
Go ahead a practice building your own scales now. Remember, while it might be easier just to memorize the patterns or pictures of every mode, it is very good practice and a helpful learning aid to memorize the intervals for every mode as well.
Hope this was of some help to you.
quick question, when you jamming do you think while jammin like now I play that note, then whole step up then half step up, and so on... I find that exremely difficult at first step.
No, not at all. If I am really into the groove of what I am playing I don't have to think about what I am playing at all. The notes just come to fingers. But when I am practicing scales and such to refresh my memory, yes I do think about it. Otherwise there wouldn't be much purpose to it.
when i jam i just ... jam .. like pounding out notes in sequenceing and stuff but i do think about it sometime...
This forum is AWESOME, is the best that i've found!!!! thanks a lot!
Glad we've been of help!
That makes more sense that what I would have thought. : )
Do modes apply to chords as well as scales?
Chords are derrived from scales, check out my lesson to learn a bit more about it dude :)
What lesson jazzy?
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