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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:02 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Not to muddle things, but depending on what you are playing some of the modes with a m7 can be challenging to resolve to I (hence the adoption and popularity of things like melodic minor, which is Aeolian with a M7 instead of a m7). Don't be afraid to try using passing tones to help with resolution. In other words, if you're trying to resolve using a m7, don't be afraid to try throwing a M7 in there too to ease the resolution. Sometimes it ends up sounding off-color; other times it is just what the doctor ordered and adds some interesting texture while helping you resolve to I.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:10 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

The thing to understand about modes and their importance is that they aren't usually for sounding Egyptian, Chinese or avant garde.

Look at a simple I-IV-V three chord song in the key of C. When you're playing over the F chord (IV), you aren't really playing in good old C Ionian. You're in C Lydian. over the G chord, you're in C Mixolydian. Taken out of context, it does sound funny. That's why you end the song on the I chord.

Once you leave first position. knowing modes and assciated riffs for the five major, three minor and various diminished barred chord forms becomes very useful, even if you're playing songs out of a hymnal, or playing along with Hee Haw reruns.
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