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Old 2005-11-22, 13:28
lizardly lizardly is offline
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Originally Posted by Disincarnate
i kinda got what they are but how do i use them while playing?


The most common misconception of modes is that they are scales. No, not just scales. Modes only find their context within music. The scales only sound modal when played against certain chord progressions. If you wish to play in Dorian mode your music will center around the second interval of a scale. For example, if you wish to play Dorian C, then your music will center around the Dm chord. You will be playing in the key of C. As long as you play your solos in the key of C your song will have a Dorian sound. Playing the Dorian C modal scale only helps to make an emphasis of the "D" note so to reinforce the Dorian sound. The best way to understand modes is to mess with them.

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