Monday, November 2, 2009

Learning and Playing The Modes On Guitar...Lesson 2


O.K.,this is lesson 2 of "Learning and Playing The Modes On Guitar...and More".To recap,we talked about three of the 7 modes.They were the Ionian,Phrygian and the Lydian.These were all shown in the key of A Major.The reason being for the key of A is simply to maybe make it easier for the average guitarist.Most guitarist can strongly identify with this key :-).
...I highly recommend you try and visualize,in your mind,the pattern,of the notes,on each string,for each mode.And along with that,memorize the formula for each mode.And most strings have 3 notes,or 3 notes per string.Like i said,try and remember the pattern,then visualize it in your mind,this will help tremendously....
We are adding two more modes,they are the Lydian and the Mixolydian.
The Lydian is really just like the Major,but with a flatted 5th.It fits nicely over a Majorb5 chord,or a Major7b5,or a Major6add9b5.You see the common denominator?They all have the b5 in them,and they are all Major chords!
Now lets talk about and look at the Mixolydian mode.Like the Lydian,it is just like a Major scale with only one note difference,that note is the 7th,it is flatted.The chord that fits nicely with this mode is the dom.7th.It's formula is a 1/ Major 3rd/5,and a b7.So you are now seeing a common denominator in these modes/chords,i hope ;-).





...And are you seeing a pattern to the move of each different mode?We started on A,then to G,then to F,then to E,then to D :-).We are simply moving backwards from a C Major scales...notes,but beginning on A.So can you figure out what the next mode(s) in lesson 3 might be(after the Mixolydian)?
Hope this is helping you to learn,and see,the modes on guitar.Stay tuned for lesson 3,will be coming up soon.
And...do not move from each mode until you have learned/memorized the formula for it,and can see the pattern on the fretboard for it!
And try and get a grasp on what mode goes with what chord or chord progression.More on that later.Be patient and easy on yourself,and by all means keep pickin.
Lesson 1... http://guitaranswers.blogspot.com/2009/10/learning-and-playing-modes-on-guitarand.html

3 comments:

Jamorama Review said...

Having a guitar lesson won't make you a rockstar but it can give you the skills to be one. So get yourself into it and be inclined to guitar music.

Agnes said...

I used to have an acoustic guitar... quit after two lessons. Sigh...

G said...

Ha Agnes...yea,learning guitar can also be fiustrating along with being fun.You might say the fun comes after the work has been done :-).It is always good for your teacher to incorporate some of your favorite songs into your lessons.That way it does stay fun.Also if you do not have a teacher,go and purchase a "credible" book with some of your favorite songs,and learn them(chords).But remember to purchase the right level book.

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