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post Jan 19 2015, 02:59 PM
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Something that completely escaped me in my many years of playing guitar, because of the genre of music I played for many years, which has been folk, country, mainstream rock etc. Is how hard rock, metal and instrumental guitar music doesn't tend to use the same type of chord progressions, or progressions in the same way. Often whole verses use a one or two chord vamps or the same bass note with different chords on top.

This is some thing, that took me ages to realise especially once I understood modes, but couldn't apply it to the music I played due to very diatonic chord progressions.

This is one thing that seems to be missing from guitar instruction, and especially when teaching modes.
It's all well and good telling people to use a drone note and listen to the sound of the different modes, but very few people show how to create a chord progression to use to play a certain mode.

I've got the Andy Timmons Resolution tab book, that Andy actually verified the tab for, and it's really enlightening to look at the progressions


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post Jan 19 2015, 04:47 PM
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Hi Posterboy! This is a very cool post and it would be awesome if you can share here examples of the progressions that you are finding out on Andy's music.

Out theory boards are full of great articles based on modes, and particularly this article talks about modal chord progressions, check it out!

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post Jan 19 2015, 08:41 PM
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One of the easiest tracks I've looked at is actually Satch's Flying a Blue Dream as it's so obviously Lydian, this is the track that I had the Aha! moment with


It isn't a normal chord progression like G Am C D

We have pairs of chords over a shared bass note. All of the pairs of chords are the V and IV of their respective keys with the root note of the IV chord, which means we can go to town with the Lydian mode.


D/C - C
Bb/Ab - Ab
D/C - C
A/G - G
G/F - F
D/C - C
Bb/Ab - Ab
D/C - C
Bb/Ab - Ab
G/F - F
D/C - C
Gm11
Csus2
Gm11
Csus2
Gm11
Csus2
Gm11

D/C - C
Bb/Ab - Ab
D/C - C
A/G G
G/F - F
D/C - C
A/G - G
G/F - F
D/C - C


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Very interesting! As we are talking about the master, I think that this video is a must because he shares his approach to modes for both creating melodic lines and riffs / progressions in a very clever and clear way:





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