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I Hate Modes

Jeremy Cotton (7938) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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Everybody wants to know modes. I don't know why. They are pretty silly actually, and they don't make very good pets.
Seriously, I have pretty much abandoned modal thinking in most of my playing- I tend to think more chordally, with diatonic or superimposed triads and extensions or alterations. Sometimes the end result may sound modal, but it's a completely different thought process for me.

The smart thing to do is learn the Major Scale 1st. Here's one in "E" using open strings. It covers 2 octaves, but as long as you start and stop in "E", you will be OK.
I Hate Modes