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Posted by gerard on May 20, 2000 at 16:33:36:
In Reply to: Re: practicing posted by David Kaczorowski on May 03, 2000 at 09:47:03:
: : 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.
I would suggest spending time jamming with yourself, with other people, with CD's, with the birds, etc. as part of your practice routine - on Bass lines, soloing - whatever comes to mind - chord progression, a song, on one note. We want to play music so practice playing and making music.
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