Muris, can you please help me understand what the differences are between a mode and a scale?
I've heard the terms Dorian, Mixolidian, etc. referred to as scales, but I thought these were modes and that a mode can be played in any key. It is more of a pattern that can be moved up and down the fretboard to achieve the desired key. A scale on the other hand refers to the notes in a key.
If I'm correct in this assumption, then I'm also confused why there are lessons dedicated to the modes. I've memorized the seven modes (sadly, I have not remembered their names in all my years of playing), but to me I only have a favorite because certain notes are within convenient reach and certain riffs are more easily played from a certain position.
Is this the right way to "think" about modes? Or is there more to it than that?