qiuniu wrote:Okay, so I've been playing for 17 years but ONLY learning how to solo for less than a year.
If it's in E then the 5th of E is B, that's why he's using B mixo?
That's where the tension is coming from, playing the 5th and not resolving to the tonic?
Yes and yes!
Knowing your modes allows you to "play through the chords" without thinking too too much about it. Especially over a two chord vamp. Like in Fire, Your runs are kinda set up to hit the A when you need to if you start on that B, instead of starting on E.
Now dont really over think it, (let the metal heads do that!) and frankly did not always understand modes myself. Once I got a grasp of them they helped my phrasing immeasurably.
It really is as Miles Davis puts it, "Learn it to forget it". In other words, spend the time to get this stuff down to where its automatic and you are not thinking about it.. I mean when I am playing, I really dont think, "oh I will switch to aeolian now" or what ever. I just kinda blend it all together in a large major scale, but I will run through the patterns (modes) just because I know them as part of that scale. Now setting up the solo, I think which mode I want to give me a certain feel and with the dead stuff, its usually mixolydian.
Its important to work out the minor and major modes so you can add chordal ideas and run all the way up the fret board. Its really only a few patterns and it will pay off in spades learning them.
Also Knowing your modes and patterns allows you to really expand your chord voicings because really whats a chord but stacks of scalar notes, right? You can do all the little bobby licks off of the cool chord voicings you create or those nice woody Jerry runs off your open chords.
It also helps for you to add the 'wrong' notes when you know where to put them. ie I will also add non scale tones if appropriate (even if not) like blue notes and little chromatic runs to sound 'shreddy' or 'bluesy'.
As for the tension- In Fire in particular, yes thats what gives it that moving kinda tense quality.
Thinking writing and talking about this stuff gives me so much more of a cerebral experience with playing. Hopefully the more I think it out when I am goofing around on sites like this, the more I have to add to my arsenal, and hopefully without thinking too much and just playing!
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