I'm a generally self taught, theory ignorant jagoff, so, I'd like to know how you went about learning modes. I know chord, and scale shapes, and am currently taking lessons by an amazing guitarist. Recently I bought a book 'Demystifying Modes' (i think) and all it really did was further mystify them by using big words almost anyone whos trying to learn modes wouldn't understand.
Really, I'm asking the easiest way to look at modes, I already have the scale shape for each mode received from my last guitar lesson. Applying them seems kinda straightforward[if you want this sound, use ___ mode and hang on ___(note) specifically].
Modes are just scales in a key signature that do not follow the root of the given key signature.
Here's a list of the modes in order to better facilitate the explanation:
Ionian - commonly known as the major scale
Dorian - a minor scale with a raised 6th (#6)
Phrygian - a minor scale with a lower 2nd (b2)
Lydian - a major scale with a raised 4th (#4)
Mixolydian - a major scale with a lowered 7th (b7)
Aeolian - commonly known as the minor scale
Locrian - a minor scale with a lowered 2nd and 5th (b2 & b5)
So for example, you are in c major (CDEFGABC) and you want to play a Lydian scale. Make F your root note and use all of the same notes from the c major scale
Is that too confusing? .