What modes are these?

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  1. TheSandman

    TheSandman Active Member

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    Playing the A minor scale over a G chord, and playing a C minor scale over a G chord
     
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    Dorian and Phrygian I think?
     
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    What about Mixolydian?
     
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    I believe, as it relates to Gmaj, Mixolydian would be what you get by playing the D major scale over it. When I think of Mixolydian, I think of AC/DC stuff, especially Thunderstruck. The main riff is just Emaj shapes played over the B string, in the key of B... Mixolydian. It's what happens when you take the fifth note in the major scale and focus on it instead.

    These are all a bit easier to keep up with if you use Cmaj instead of G though. No sharps or flats to worry about. But it's definitely good to learn them with any tonic.
     
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    I just happened to see this video where this fella explains some JB Mixolydian inversion riff. Very Eric Johnson sounding.

     
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    What is a mode? Is it a scale?
     
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    Modes:

    CDEFGABC
: Ionian (major)
    DEFGABCD: Dorian
    EFGABCDE: Phrygian
    FGABCDEF: Lydian
    GABCDEFG: Mixolydian
    ABCDEFGA: Aeolian (minor)
    BCDEFGAB: Locrian
     
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    Aaahh......so a mode is like a scale within a scale. Depending on what scale note that you start on.
     
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    Yup. It's all relative. Literally, there are relative major and minor scales. C and Am are related as you can see there. G to Em, F to Dm, etc. are all major/minor relationships. The major and minor pentatonic have the same relationship, just missing two notes.

    Blending those two within the same key is the best. Blues and rock (more minor focused), country and bluegrass (major dominant usually)... They all sound great mixing minor and major pentatonic or the blues scale in major and minor. For example, playing A major pentatonic stuff along with A minor, if done right. A decent example might be Leslie West on Mississippi Queen, or a bit quicker would be Clapton on Crossroads.
     
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    Thanks for posting this. I don't know many scales. Basically E major + minor....A major + minor....both in first position down the cowboy chord end of the guitar. I presume that I must be playing some form of a mode when I play solos and riffs to songs that I like to play.......but I didn't realise it. Early days when I started to play guitar I played along to records.....and later on managed to learn how to read TAB..........maybe I should have learned some more scales in between.
     
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