Guitar Lessons – The Modal System – Modes Essentials
What you’ll learn
Gain a deep understanding of the modal system, by mastering the seven most commonly used modes in modern music.
Open up a whole new realm of musical creativity.
Build your soloing and phrasing vocabulary.
Play along with 7 downloadable backing tracks.
Incorporate a modal flavour to your pentatonic scales.
Learn pentatonic substitution, adding more tonal variety to your solos.
Incorporate all of these concepts and ideas into your own playing, making you a stronger, more musical and harmonically rich soloist and composer.
If the concept of Modes seems like a mystery to you, this series of lessons, taught by top UK Session guitarists, Bobby Harrison and Nick Radcliffe, will give you a deep understanding of the modal system. If you already know the major scale, there’s a strong chance you may have already been using some of its modes without even knowing it.
You might have heard the names: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. If not, you will certainly have heard their sounds on many popular songs. These are the modes of the major scale and although there are other more exotic modes from other scales, these seven are the most commonly used in modern music.
Learning how to use the modal system will open up a whole new realm of musical creativity.
Over the following lessons, Nick and Bobby break down the theory and applications of the Modal System step by step, giving you plenty of demo solos to inspire you, encouraging you to play along with the 7 backing tracks and come up with your own ideas. Later, Bobby and Nick show you how to incorporate pentatonic scales into your modal playing, giving you even more possibilities when soloing.
Who this course is for:
- Some prior experience of the electric guitar is required i.e. at least a basic grasp of chords and scales. This course would suit the intermediate player, but would also be perfect for the advanced player looking to brush up on music theory and add a modal flavour to their guitar playing.
- The Modal System