Learn Phrasing With Multiple Modes

In this lesson we discuss how to phrase melody lines over progressions that will leave the key centre to include the use of multiple modes.

Modes are often thought of as being used within a single harmonic situation, such as in a, “modal progression.” However, when modes are used in more complex musical styles such as; jazz, classical, or in perhaps a progressive rock situation, (to cover more than one harmonic idea), things can get slightly more complicated.

The studies outlined in this lesson will run through how the modes of; Dorian, Ionian, Lydian, and Mixolydian can be combined to blend a melodic idea across a chord progression that flows through more than one mode within a group of chord changes. To effectively do this students must be aware of the intervals found in each mode and how the differences between each mode will affect the chord harmonies under the melodies.

If you have any difficulty following this lesson, please review your basic major and relative minor scales, key signatures and modal theory.

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About the Author:
Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California’s Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School; Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years teaching thousands of guitarists both in studio sessions, and through his popular YouTube Channels, Skype lessons and websites.