Rush’s YYZ has a section at 2:25 that is Phrygian and Phrygian Dominant guitar scales. Continue Reading
In a previous podcast episode I explained how you may narrow your focus down from pentatonic scales that cover the complete neck to smaller sections like the lead patterns and riff boxes that many players commonly use. In this, the 18th episode of my guitar theory podcast, I demonstrate how to use these same lead patterns for major scales and modes. I also explain how the pentatonic scale relates to major and minor scales. Continue Reading
In episode 13 of Desi Serna’s guitar theory podcast you take a listen to the interval structure of the different modes of the major scale and hear how musicians would number chord progressions that are modal. This involves naming the tonic pitch in a mode “1” and then numbering its other degrees and chords from there with consideration given to any change in interval structure. This information is needed in order to study advanced concepts like modal interchange and borrowed chords because you must identify chords that are out of key by how they relate to the tonic chord on hand and not by their position in their own parent keys. Continue Reading
This free audio lesson taught by Desi Serna answers the question “What is the key of a song?” You learn about tonic pitches, relative major and minor, modes and key signatures. You see that the key of a song doesn’t always reflect the true parent major scale and it’s up to you to go beyond the basic details and sort out the other components at play. Popular songs are used as examples. Listen directly using the embedded mp3 below or visit one of the websites that hosts the whole podcast. Continue Reading
“Riders on the Storm” by The Doors is a good example of Dorian mode and modal interchange. The song begins in the key of E minor, but with notes and chords relative to D major, which produces E Dorian mode. In the PDF guitar tab below, which is a guitar arrangement based on my own interpretation, you can see E-Gt 1 playing a bass line that outlines Em and A chords. Continue Reading
“Two Tickets to Paradise” by Eddie Money is a great example of using guitar modes. The song uses notes and chords from the D major scale, but with the fifth, A, functioning as the tonic. When the fifth degree of a major scale is the tonal center of a piece of music, it produces Mixolydian mode. Continue Reading
“Within You Without You” is a modal song written by George Harrison, released on The Beatles’ 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The song is mostly in Mixolydian mode. It centers around a C# major chord, but the notes used are from the F# major scale. This produces the C# Mixolydian modal scale. Continue Reading
There are several things going on in the song “What I like About You” by the Romantics. Depending on your perspective, you can refer to the key in a few different ways. And you can play a few different scales. In this free guitar lesson, I’ll break the song down and explain all the music theory elements occurring in it. Continue Reading
As I have stated many times before, everyone has their own convoluted way of thinking about guitar theory, especially guitar modes. What many guitar teachers overlook is the fact that most guitar players don’t even understand the fundamental modal concept. They start talking about Miles Davis and Joe Satriani which is light years ahead of where most guitar players are at. Guitar players need to understand standard use of modal scales first before they can venture into more complicated applications.
Guitar Modes Explained
To learn modes from scratch in a simple and accurate manner that is easy to understand and apply see my DVD Guitar Modes – The Modal Scales of Popular Music. Click the link to learn more and sign up for a free preview.
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