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Two important things to know about modes. The first is that modal exploration is normally done when one key or harmonized chord progression (with one tonal center) is played over an extended period. Second, a mode is played around a tonal center. What you play doesn't necessarily have to start and end on the note that defines the mode, but rather, the notes are emphasized that best reflect tonality of the mode or the feeling you want to express. Satriani is as good as anyone at it, and he explains it very well.


All modes in every scale are all based around the major scale. For instance, the second mode of the major scale is "Dorian," and it has a 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7. The second mode of a melodic minor scale is a "Dorian b2" which has a 1, b2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7


It is useful to memorize the intervals for all modes of all scales, but this information is only useful in developing your vocabulary and learning the fretboard. When you become great, it all becomes finding the note you want and forgetting the scale.





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