Re: Learning Scales and Modes
The key is to hear the sound of a particular mode and know what notes create those sounds . Also how do these notes relate to the chords in the music?
Example: theres an A Minor chord playing in the background Stevie Ray would choose to play an a pentatonic scale( a,c,d,e,g), Al Di Meola would choose a minor scale(Aeolian mode-natural minor a,b,c,d,e,f,g,a), a neo classical guy like Yngwie would play a harmonic minor scale( a,b,c,d,e,f,g#,a) -someone else might play c major( c,d,e,f,g,a,b,c) over the a minor chord.
The least confusing way to do this is to start everything in the key of a minor/c major(a,b,c,d,e,f,g,a) no sharps or flats. You can use the open a string to hear the effect or quality of the scale as you play thru . Does it sound happy(major)? Sad(minor)? Exotic(harmonic minor)? Like science fiction(Diminished,augmented,whole tone-the "outside stuff")? Add notes to your scales..add a flat five to the a minor pentatonic scale(a,c,d,d#,e,g). Hit the open a string then play e(12),d#(11),d(10) on the high e string. You've heard this on countless blues and classic rock songs. All the best