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 #108233  by tiffcheese
 Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:33 pm
that the modes are a way to describe the notes someone is playing while soloing? or is it more to describe how chords and scales are put together? or neither or both. if the first is true, is it common to switch around to different mode(s) in one song's jam? thanks :wink:
 #108237  by 600lbsofSin
 Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:54 am
Chuckles wrote:It may be true... Then again, it may just be a rumor.
that made me chuckle :lol:

I would say that either of your descriptions are plausible. You could a) Create different moods or feeling of tension and release within a jam or b) Establish harmonic and melodic relationships between chords, scale degrees and even other keys, and so on.

Try playing a progression that places a lot of emphasis on the V, so for instance, something in the key of G that has a lot of Dmaj or D7 in it. Now you can add melodic phrases or "solo" with the progression, in D Mixolydian. Its the same notes as the key of G, but its emphasizing the feeling of the V (which is really just a major scale with flatted seventh).
 #108316  by ugly rumor
 Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:01 pm
An ugly rumor, indeed! (the best kind!!)