October 2014

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Meet the A Mixolydian Mode, Up and Down on Each String

When jamming, guitarists are always challenged by the task of creating interesting, evolving rhythm parts behind a soloist. In my experiences, I have found the study of modal chord patterns and structures to be tremendously useful in this regard and endlessly interesting. I recently devoted a few columns to the study of building chord shapes, or “grips,” and patterns from modal structures.