Modes and Melodies

Live Guitar Course: Gain greater understanding of the sound and functionality of modal playing.

Have you ever listened to a modal tune that you couldn’t really pin down one of the scales or sounds you were hearing? Or have you been practicing with a song and you feel like something wasn't quite right with the sounds coming from your guitar? Understanding modes may be the key to unlocking these mysteries of guitar playing. During this course, you will learn how to hear each mode; associating their sound with common references. We’ll also work with typical chord progressions for each mode and learn to play a featured lick every week. Not only will you develop a wider palette of notes to choose from, but you will also hear and feel harmony in a new and exciting way!

Modes and Melodies

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Week 1

09/23/2020 at 3pm


This first lesson features our familiar happy sounding major scale, or Ionian mode.

Week 2

09/30/2020 at 3pm


With only one note different compared to Ionian, Mixolydian has a bluesy twist that will quickly make it one of your favorites.

Week 3

10/07/2020 at 3pm


Cosmic and glorious, Lydian has again only one note different compared to the Ionian.

Week 4

10/14/2020 at 3pm

Lydian Dominant

A mixture of Lydian and Mixolydian, Lydian Dominant combines both modes into a modern fusion sound.

Week 5

10/21/2020 at 3pm


The saddest of all modes is the Aeolian or natural minor scale, also the core for studying all other minor sounding modes after it.

Week 6

10/28/2020 at 3pm


Dorian has one note different compared to the Aeolian, and this alone creates its cool funky sound.

Week 7

11/04/2020 at 3pm


A harder sounding mode, Phrygian has an ethnic flavor and creates a lot of tension.

Week 8

11/11/2020 at 3pm

Phrygian Dominant

A major version of Phrygian, reminiscent of flamenco, Phrygian Dominant is also used in modern rock and neoclassical styles.

Week 9

11/18/2020 at 3pm

Mixolydian & Dorian Combined

Often combined in blues and rock music, these two modes sound great together.

Week 10

11/25/2020 at 3pm

Aeolian & Phrygian Modal Progression

Closing the course, let’s have a look at a simple chord progression that shifts between two modes in the same key.

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