John Heussenstamm

Video Guitar Lessons, Tabs

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Introductory Mode Lessons - 2

In these two lessons, instead of playing the C major scale over different chords, John plays the major scale in different keys over the same chord or background note. This is the perspective you would use when improvising over a backing track or with a band - you are given the key of the song and you have to know which major scale to play for whatever mode you choose.

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# play time date added description
 1 4:17 06-30-2009 in this lesson, John pedals the open A string, and then plays the major scale in 7 different keys corresponding to the seven modes.
 2 2:56 06-30-2009 Using the key of C as an example, the purpose of this video is to emphasize that you don't have to learn different scales in order to play the different modes, but instead you just have to position the correct major scale over a background key or chord.

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key ionian dorian minor phrygian minor lydian mixolydian aeolian minor locrian minor
A A G F E D C Bb
C C Bb Ab G F Eb Db
+, - 0 +10, -2 +8, -4 +7, -5 +5, -7 +3, -9 +1, -11

The above table summarizes the major scales for the 7 different modes in the keys of A & C that are covered in these lessons. To play a particular mode, all you have to do is move up or down the neck the correct number of frets from whatever key you are in - and then play the major scale in that key. Those numbers are listed at the bottom. So for example, to play the mixolydian mode when playing in the key of G (G mixolydian mode), play the C major scale since it is 5 frets up from G.