Jazz Piano School Ep 29 : How To Use Modes

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on email

“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


If You Enjoyed This Episode...

Please share it!

All you have to do is click on one of the social media buttons at the top of this page.

Also, if you enjoy all the free jazz piano education we release on a weekly basis, you can show your support by giving the podcast a 5-star rating on iTunes.

Click Here To Give A 5-Star Review On iTunes!

Once you get to iTunes, simply click on the 5 stars to the left and leave your rating.

We appreciate your support!

Brenden Lowe

Brenden Lowe

2 Responses

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Sign up for our Free Jazz Piano Education

We release a new, free podcast lesson every Wednesday, a new Lick of The Week, every Monday, and new blog posts through out the month. We’re dedicated to helping as many interested jazz piano enthusiasts as possible with as much free education as we can produce. :)

Jazz Piano School