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Learn The Modes is Horrible Advice – This is A Better Skill

You have probably seen people giving the advice like “learn all the modes if you want to play jazz” or “first learn the modes all over the neck and then check out a 2 5 1”

Most of the time this advice is probably given with a good intention but what this makes you study is not going to help you play any better or set you on a path to make music, so the question is really if it is a good goal or advice at all? Maybe you shouldn’t really worry about modes at all.

That’s what I want to discuss in this video, and I will give you something else to study that is a lot more useful for your playing (and which will make you able to play modes anyway….)

Content:

0:00 Intro

0:25 Modes – Are they solving the problem you want to solve?

0:49 What Skills to Develop

1:26 #1 How Modes Are Taught

2:12 The Pentatonic Modal approach

2:42 #2 How Does It Fit With The Music

3:36 Characteristic notes of a mode and the chords you use it on.

4:39 Understanding Chord Progressions?

5:10 #3 What Is Missing – Where do they fail

5:34 What to do instead.

6:28 That is actually playing modes

6:42 #4 A Better Solution

7:40 Rows of notes don’t make you a better improviser

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The Best Way To Use Lydian and 5 Musical Ideas

You should have the Lydian Mode or Lydian Scale in your vocabulary. It is a beautiful and great sound that you can work into your guitar playing in a musical way as a great extra color.

When we think of Lydian then it is only about the #4 or #11 and you can’t make great melodies with just one note, so in this video, I am going over how to 5 ways you can make some great Lydian melodies and add those to your playing. That way you can really get started working on using The Lydian sound like a great extra color in your guitar solos

The Lydian Mode is often what I hear beginners say that they use because they think it sounds great to say that and actually they are just looking for a scale where they can run up and down the scale without thinking about it.

Content:

0:00 Intro

0:41 How You Should Use Lydian

0:54 A Bit of Context in a Chord Progression

1:38 Where to use it and How Often?

1:50 Example #1

1:54 A Great Pentatonic Solution for Lydian

2:47 Example #1 Slow

2:53 The Difficulty thing about how we think about Lydian

3:23 Example #2

3:28 A Lydian Triad Pair

4:54 Example #2 Slow

5:01 Example #3

5:06 A real Lydian Arpeggio?

6:01 Example #3 Slow

6:06 Example #4

6:10 Shifting Up An Arpeggio a 1/2 step

7:32 Example #4 Slow

7:56 Example #5

8:01 A great Sus4 triad and how to move it around in a melody,

9:36 Example #5 Slow

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