This is an actual email from a customer. He’s a former hair metal guitarist who finally discovered what he had been “missing out on all these years.” I love to hear that my guitar theory book and DVDs are working for someone. Maybe you can relate to Bob’s story. I especially like when he says “I immediately was able to start expressing myself. I felt like a 2 year old must feel like who can finally start talking…frustration left instantly.” Continue Reading
Often times my customers can sum things up much better than I can. Rich bought my guitar modes video and finally found the answers he was looking for. If you’re serious about understanding music theory for guitar and developing into a great player, then I highly recommend reading his comments below.
“You are absolutely correct. EVERY book I purchased on the subject approached the topic the same way. That is, pattern number one is Ionion, pattern number two Dorian, pattern three Phrygian, etc. But you said something so fundamentally basic very early in the modes video that completely changed my perception of modes: “There is only one scale pattern and that is the major scale pattern that happens to be one large pattern on the fretboard.” Then you went a little further explaining the concept and it finally hit me…the mode is created by the underlying chord progression, not by any particular order that a note happens to be located within a major scale. The focus was on the wrong element, notes rather than chords.
Dude…what a relief from the frustration! For example, I would try to play something “Spanish” sounding using a “phrygian” pattern (because that is what everyone says to use if you want that Spanish feel). The problem is I would use the phrygian pattern in a chord progression that wrapped itself around a major sequence starting with the key (I). Guess what? It did not work out very well. Rather than sounding Spanish, it sounded sterile. …Yeah!….no kidding!….I now understand why. It isn’t because of a lack of talent (although that is entirely possible!) but rather a lack of understanding. (Pick a darker chord progression that wraps itself around a minor, iii in particular.) Now that Carlos Santana sound is just the correct chord progression away!
Thank you again for ending the unnecessary frustration.” -Rich
That’s as good as five stars to me. Thanks, Rich.
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