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Sinister
post Jan 11 2019, 11:35 PM
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Hi all

Im a little confused about modes. I understand that for each mode in a key the notes are the same but start at a different position. But I dont understand how to tell which mode I am playing in! If the notes are the same for a C Ionian and a D dorian, how do I know which mode a lick is in? I see these lessons on modes and they play them in different positions on the fretboard and thats where I'm a little confused. huh.gif

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Todd Simpson
post Jan 12 2019, 05:53 AM
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Just to keep things simple, start with the "Key" that a given song is in. Say for example, the key of G Major. If a song, or solo section of a song, in in G Major, then it's a safe bet that you can start your solo off using the first position of the G Major Scale. This is just to say that you can use the first position of the G major scale, starting at the low E third fret (G) as the root note. Then, when you move up to say, the third position of the G Major, the scale shape will change, however, you are still playing in G major, even though you are using a different scale shape/mode. So if you shift up, to starting things on the 5th fret (third position of G Major). If you are still playing in G Major, your scale shape/mode will look just like "A DORIAN". See below pic. Even though your playing in G Major. The only difference is that the root notes you are looking for are the G notes and not the A notes. It's all about the relationship to the root/key tone.

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Hi all

Im a little confused about modes. I understand that for each mode in a key the notes are the same but start at a different position. But I dont understand how to tell which mode I am playing in! If the notes are the same for a C Ionian and a D dorian, how do I know which mode a lick is in? I see these lessons on modes and they play them in different positions on the fretboard and thats where I'm a little confused. huh.gif

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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post Jan 12 2019, 10:27 PM
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Ok so I just put emphasis on different notes? So if I'm playing in the key of G, and I play an A minor, I can play A dorian over that and use A as a root note? And same for G major, I can play G Ionian and use G as the root note? Hope I understand that correctly! Starting to slowly make sense...
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post Jan 13 2019, 05:37 AM
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If you are playing in the key of G, you can focus on landing on the root note G. Whether playing in Major or Minor, just landing on a G note will "resolve" your lick/tension. You would not use A as a root note when playing in G, typically. You'd just keep using G. Each position of Major Scale, position 1, 2, 3, etc. will look just like other shapes, but as long as you keep landing on a G, you are still "resolving to G" and are still playing in the key of G. So no, you would not resolve to A when playing G, typically. Unless you were trying to make it sound that way smile.gif

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Ok so I just put emphasis on different notes? So if I'm playing in the key of G, and I play an A minor, I can play A dorian over that and use A as a root note? And same for G major, I can play G Ionian and use G as the root note? Hope I understand that correctly! Starting to slowly make sense...
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