Understanding The Modes - part 4
Lyle: Here's your first jam
Sound Clip 1
Lyle: D9 is the chord
used in the jam track.
The D9 chord is in the same group as D7, which are called "dominant" chords.
They are built from the 1-3-5-b7. D9 is 1-3-5-b7-9. In the tab above, the 5th is left
Lyle: Who can tell me what mode would work
over this chord?
Don: D Mixolydian?
Lyle: D Mixolydian is
right! The Mixolydian mode is like a major
scale, but with a flatted 7th. 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7
Lyle: Here's another
Here's an example of how this mode sounds with the jam:
For many guitarists, they would just use the D minor pentatonic scale to come up
with licks. The advantage of using modes is it
forces you to explore new areas on the neck and develop a new sound for
yourself. Here's another example of the D
Notice that lick 2 isn't fast or hard to play, but it just sounds unlike
anything you might normally play using a pentatonic
Lyle: Pop Quiz.....What major scale does the D
Mixolydian belong to?
Lyle: G is right!
Don: What are some ways to find my own new sounds?
Lyle: Don, play your licks and scales
backwards, in a completely different order than what you're used
Lyle: The Major key of G supports the D
mixolydian mode. So you can play the G major scale over
the jam too!
Here's a lick using the G major scale:
So, our jam is over a D9 chord which is the 5 chord in the key of G
major, you can use all the modes in the key of
G to solo or improvise with.
The 2nd mode in the key of G is the A Dorian minor mode:
It's just like playing the G major scale starting on the 2nd and ending on the
9th within the key of G, going from A to A within the G major scale.
Lyle: The 3rd mode in the key of G
Lyle: Sharp class!
Yes, the B Phrygian
The 4th mode would be C Lydian, the 5th mode is our D
Mixolydian, the 6th mode is the E
Aeolian, and the 7th mode would be the F#
Mixolydian is the relative minor, right?
Lyle: Fletch, the 6th mode is the relative
minor, E Aeolian is the "relative" minor in the key of G major. Just count back
or down 3 frets from the major scale root to find it.
teach, there is a pattern to find the chord for any key?
Lyle: eric, yes,
Lyle: Take the notes of a major
scale, there will be 7 of them. Let's use G major
- G-A-B-C-D-E-F#. The formula or pattern to the chords
that harmonize with it is:
Maj-min-min-Maj-Dom-min-minb5. So in the key of G you have:
Let's change keys a little bit, here's a new jam track, same groove, but this time using two
chords: E7 and G7:
Looping Sound Clip 2
Lyle: Same rules as before, but two new keys
to move around with. You'll play an E mixolydian for 4 bars,
then G mixolydian for 4 bars, like this:
Ok, let's see if I can pull this next trick off. Load this jam track now:
Sound Clip 3
This jam track has the last tab file looped in it, the E and G mixolydian
modes. If you go up a 3rd inside each
mode, you can harmonize with the last jam track. Check out this tab file, it
will show you:
Here's an audio sample of where I'm going with this:
Lyle: Here's a new jam track with 2 harmony guitar parts in it:
Looping Sound Clip 5
Lyle: So during this part, you are
playing in two keys, E7 which is the 5 chord of A and G7 - the 5 chord in
C. So you can play the respective Dorian modes over this jam:
Lyle: That's all
for this lesson. If you would like further study on this topic or any other
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