How to apply the modes – Part one (How to play any mode, in any key, with any scale shape)




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How to apply the modes – Part one

(How to play any mode, in any key, with any scale shape)

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Answers to the questions!

2) F Mixolydian
3) Yes
4) F Lydian
5) Yes

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22 thoughts on “How to apply the modes – Part one (How to play any mode, in any key, with any scale shape)

    mark heyne

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    I Don't Friggin Like Modes A Lot

    Tiny Tim

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    I just got smarter hanging around you/ thanks Chappy.

    zofo666

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Sorry i don't get it!!!

    syncdog

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Who's on first, What's on second? 19:13 "Lydian is on E" ……. In reference to what? A? This is where I get lost. There is no reference point.

    tim jones

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Nonsense this is not the way to learn modes

    Earthling

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Have watched tons of mode tutorials. A few of them clear as day. This: Clear as mud.

    Jim Tall

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    I found it so much easier to get to grips with it from Justin. If you are a beginner with modes you may find this easier to grasp. I feel you need quite a bit of experience to understand what Rob just explained but to be fair he does state 3 pre-requisites before starting.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuWpw9lUuZs
    start at 47:30 and explanation to questions at 1:10:00

    A10helixtangofoxtrot g

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Thanks Rob! For telling the truth. I especially liked guitar myths busted. I’ve been looking on how to do this for years. Thanks to you I’ve looked up pitch access, bought John Satriani’s surfing with the alien, and now I’m looking at rock guitar secrets… now I just need more practice time! D:
    Anyways thanks again Rob! I really enjoy your videos.

    EXOL FOREVER

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Talk too much like crow bt

    RiverLeadGuitar Music

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    After over a year of studying on my own, I finally got the answers right! I didn't even need your help with the first question!
    Granted, I didn't give modes much thought until 4 or 5 months ago, but now that I understand what modes are and how they're "constructed" for lack of a better term, I can finally move forward. I also came to understand that each basic major/minor/diminished chord can be appointed to a mode, so that was a breakthrough for me.

    Richard Kash Beats

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    So if I want to play E lydian, I count 4 degrees back and get to B, so I can play the B major scale over a song that's in the key of E as long as I emphasize E as the root note?

    RFXCasey

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Sorry but this is not a very good explanation, too many thing just glazed over too quickly and not broken down or explained enough. I've found other instructional videos that explain things a whole lot better. Still there is something to be gleaned from this, but it's definitely not 'user friendly'.

    The way I've seen it explained that seemed to make more sense is to first realize that the Major scale is basis from which all others are formed. Everything else is simply a modification of the Major Scale scale formula, WWHWWWH (Whole steps and Half steps), at any given key. C is the root note of C Major. Starting on a different note, other then the root of a Major scale alters the scale formula. So C Major's scale formula is WWHWWWH, if you start on the 2nd note (degree) of the C Major the scale it has the effect of shifting the whole pattern over to the right one so you get WHWWWHW which is the scale formula for Dorian. Since D is our new root note (the 2nd scale degree of C Major) we say we are playing D Dorian of C Major. If you want to play E Phrygian of the C Major scale you simply start on the 3rd degree shift the formula over one more to the right giving you HWWWHWW which is the scale formula for Phrygian. Now check this out! Jumping ahead, starting on the 6th degree of the C Major scale 'A', the scale formula becomes WHWWHWW which is the scale formula for Aeolian AND ALSO 'A' minor, which is the relative minor of C Major. That last pattern WHWWHWW is the minor scale formula for all keys ALWAYS and forever! Doesn't matter where you play, if you play WHWWHWW you are playing a minor key AND the Aeolian mode. Just like the Major scale formula WWHWWWH never changes regardless of key neither do the scale formulas of the modes. Where the concept of modes really shows is if you play D dorian against it's parent scale of C Major you won't get the effect of the mode, you won't hear the contrast of tonality, but if you play C Dorian (the parallel mode of C Major) which is the same Dorian formula just starting with C as the root note, over a C Major chord or scale, then you will hear the tonal contrast and effective concept of modes. It is important to note that shifting the scale formula left or right from the Major Scale base formula also has the effect of flatting or sharpening one or more note degrees of the of the Major parent scale. For instance the Lydian mode scale formula is WWWHWWH which cause the 4th note degree of the parent Major scale to be sharpened one half step. So instead of noodling around in C,D,E,F,G,A,B (the C Major scale) you now noodle around playing C,D,E,#F,G,A,B the #F Lydian mode of the C Major scale. Playing in order starting on the 4th scale degree of the C Major scale, #F Lydian is #F, G,A,B,C,D,E.

    The mode formulas are

    Mode Scale Formula Scale Degrees

    Ionian/Major WWHWWWH 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
    Dorian WHWWWHW 1,2,b3,4,5,6,b7
    Phrygian HWWWHWW 1,b2,b3,4,5,b6,b7
    Lydian WWWHWWH 1,2,3,#4,5,6,7
    Mixolydian WWHWWHW 1,2,3,4,5,6,b7
    Aeolian/minor WHWWHWW 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,b7
    Locian HWWHWWW 1,b2,b3,4,b5,b6,b7

    Melodic Min 1,2,b3,4,5,6,7
    Harmonic Min 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,7

    gliddofglood

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Wicked!

    Wick Beavers

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    How do you get your amp to hit those squealing harmonics?

    Bo Maryniuk

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    What I really dislike here is that you are playing all your examples with 32th, having 160 bpm. Try 64th or 128th. I guess you will feel even better and it will be even more useful to understand for beginners! 🙁

    MrMisterock

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    that's a very nice telecaster, love it.

    vendetta vendetta

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Cock mode.

    RFXCasey

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Your name isn't Rob Chappers, it's Rob Chapman.

    liaz strumbetter

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    just play the damm thing !!!!!!

    Hard2heart2heart

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    This is the coolest thing.

    Vasilios Agio

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Nice video , surely that’ sound is not just the jcm 800 ? Are u running an overdrive or distortion pedal because I’ve used the 800s for all my life and they don’t sound that good lol . What about delay ? Also what kind of pickups in that awesome Chapman guitar thanks ??

    RFXCasey

    (December 4, 2018 - 3:53 am)

    Wow, that's some heavy info, great video. I always think of Rob as a goofball because of his personality but he really knows his stuff, which is apparent in his playing, but when he gets serious and starts teaching it really shows.

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