Metal for Life: Modes to Success — Mastering the Fundamental Modes Across the Entire Fretboard
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Over the course of the past two columns, I have detailed the basics of a series of scales derived from the major scale, known as the seven fundamental modes. To me, a complete understanding of these seven modes is essential study for all serious guitarists, no matter what style of music they play.
As a metal player, I have found the study, understanding and incorporation of the modes to be invaluable in regard to all aspects of my playing and, most importantly, in terms of my overall grasp of the manner by which musical structures are formulated across the guitar’s fretboard. I visualize each of the modes on the fretboard in five different, distinct patterns. Each is fretted in a specific way, and in my experience, this simplifies one’s ability to understand and envision each modal shape on the fretboard quickly and easily.
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