“I don’t use modes. Who needs modes? What good are modes anyway?!”
Modes are the building blocks of improv!
Modes are the notes that correspond with a chord; not using modes is like misspelling words.
Certain letters make up words, you need to learn letters right? Certain notes from a scale correspond to chords.
These are the notes you use to improvise with!
People always ask me “Brenden, what notes do I play to improvise?”. I tell them that the notes come from modes.
Once we learn these notes you’ll be able to solo over anything.
I understand it’s the practical application that is important. We obviously can’t play up and down a mode to make it a sound.
I’ll show you how to work with them in jazz piano.
The Big Bullet Points
- 1. Modes are the building blocks of improvisation.
- 2. These is one mode and chord associated with each note of a major scale.
- 3. Use the notes within a particular mode to solo over the corresponding chord.
- 4. Still continue to focus on your chord tones and use your connecting notes from the mode to connect the chord tones.
- 5. Practice swinging your modes up to the 7th starting on each note of the scale, RH alone.
- 6. Add your LH chord in while swinging your modes.
How to Use Modes
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