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Re: Theory help
Without getting a feel for what you do know, telling you where to start can be difficult.
But here goes-
If we are talking Greek Modes, seven tones (notes) of a Major scale, think of each not becoming tonic or one within each mode.
Mixolydian is a Major scale starting at the fifth note, making the fifth note the Tonic or tonal center of the piece you are playing.
Major Scale C D E F G A B
Mixolydian G A B C D E F
These are the same notes just stating at a different point your think, yes they are the same.
The difference comes in with the rhythm guitar.
If you build a three note chord off of each note of the major scale, you'll find four different types of chords, Major, Minor, Augmented and Diminished.
The easiest examples is the minor vs. Major or relative minor as it is called.
The sixth note in a Major scale is the relative minor.
Major C D E F G A B the sixth note being A for A minor.
If you play a basic chord structure like 1, 4, 5 in C Major, you are playing chords-
1 C Major
4 F Major
5 G Major
In A minor you are playing-
1 A minor
4 D minor
5 E minor
Now the whole feel of 1, 4, 5 feels very different when you listen to it.
When you play this 1, 4, 5 chord structure, you will be able to sense or feel where the music is going because you have listen to this progression many times without even knowing, very common.
In your mind you will be anticipating the music going back to one or tonic.
So if you're playing in a mode like Mixolydian, G A B C D E F, then you will get that same feeling about the G Major chord.
Solos licks and leads tend to fit the music they are played over, if done well.
Record yourself playing a modal chord progression, just three or four chords, or have a friend play it for you.
Then start improvising some leads over the progression.
Don't use licks you have stored up on your head, listen to the chords and feel what is happening.
Let your leads reflect that the feeling of the chord structure.
If you can't get a grasp on the feeling with the guitar, just hum a melody over the chords to get started.
This is what modes are for, changing the feeling of music.
Otherwise we would all be play in C Major all the time and music would be dull.