It’s not really that mystifying, especially once you understand how it all works. A “mode” is just a name for a scale. However many notes are in a given scale—that’s how many modes there are. For example, if you take the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, (C), you have seven notes that make up this scale. If you start in a different place, and follow the pattern D, E, F, G, A, B, C, (D), then you’re still playing the same notes but a different “mode.”
Head over to Guitar World to learn from the modal master, Joe Satriani, and expand your chops!
Choosing Tonewoods: When selecting or building an acoustic guitar, our first focus for wood may be the top, as it’s the soundboard, but the back and sides need not be neglected. There’s several points to consider when selecting tonewoods:
These are three key factors that play a huge role in the craftsmanship of a guitar. You check out the specifics over at Premier Guitar.
Warm Up Drill: We have two new practice sessions that will get you comfortable using different positions of the Am Pentatonic Scale. Lesson 1 will teach you the exercise and Peter will play along with you at two different speeds. In Lesson 2 we’ll try using a triplet rhythm and speeding things up a bit.