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Posted by David Kaczorowski on May 03, 2000 at 09:47:03:
In Reply to: Re: practicing posted by phairis on May 02, 2000 at 18:41:45:
: I know enough theory to do the scales and keys and all that,
but one thing i haven't been able to get completely are the different modes.
Can you or anyone else explain them?
Put simply, modes are scales built off of different degrees of a parent
scale. For example to play in C major but starting on the second note,
D, and playing up or down to another D would be D dorian. In relation
to a major scale dorian is the second mode, phrygian the third, lydian,
the fourth, mixolydian the fifth, the relative minor scale is built from
the sixth degree, and locrian is the seventh. There are also modes of
the melodic minor scale. There arent't really any modes of harmonic
minor because the only difference between that and the relative minor
is the raised seventh.
Knowing the modes and having all the fingerings worked out for them is
extrememly useful. How to use them is the stuff for lessons and/or a book
I can't go into it here.
Also, regarding playing along with the cd's, I consider it just jamming
along with the band minus the bass player because i do fade him out most
of the times. Thanks.
I think you should define some goals for yourself and evauluate the
usefulness of playing along to CD's the way you are. Do you play for
fun or is playing a serious endeavour and you want to be playing lots
of gigs eventually. If you play bass just for fun then just jamming
along to a CD is cool. If your more serious use playing along as a
learning aide. Whether you're playing for fun or you're serious, find
some other musicians who share your goals and musical interests and
jam with them. It sounds like you should already know a bunch of songs.
On the subject of defining goals, that's important for anyone learning
an instrument regardless of ability. One's goals is what should define
what, how, and how much one should practice.
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