Hey welcome back to another blog from Fretboard Strategies!
On This weeks blog i got the idea to make a reference page for the sounds of the modes.
This is to make it easier to hear each of the modes characteristics.
The idea came to me from listening to the podcast no guitar is safe with the special guest being Paul Gilbert.
A link to that podcast can be found here.
For those who do not know of Paul Gilbert, you can witness the amazingness of his playing in this video below.
Paul went onto say that kids these days dont relate to modes in the same way that he does.
He was asking students the question;
"How do you relate to the modes, which songs do you do you reference?"
For him he always thought of a lick inside the beatles song Strawberry fields to explain mixolydian.
If you listen to the guitar played towards the end of the song you can hear the mixolydian runs.
The students he was talking to only had the reference of how to play them in scales and not thinking about the modes as songs.
So the discussion with Paul got me thinking about making a page that will reference the modes to songs to help the wider community understand how to hear the modes.
Having a song to reference the modes can be a very useful tool.
Hearing which mode you need to use in any given the context of your performance is a vital skill that should be acquired through good ear training.
I will be providing a few song examples of each mode and explaining where it happens.
What Are Modes?
Nick Weiland is a professional guitar tutor based in Brighton and Hove.
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