This week on the GuitarBlog we are going to work through examples of how Dorian, Mixolydian and Phrygian can be applied in Rock and Metal tunes.
Modes are one of the most important harmonic and melodic ideas used by guitar players and we need to get a solid handle on using them to the best of our ability.
In certain styles of music, (such as in rock and metal), modes offer us some very unique sounds. And, we need to be able to become proficient at exploiting each of these sounds.
When we analyze different applications of modified scale degrees, such as the raised 6th off of the minor tonality of Dorian, the lowered 7th in the major tonality of Mixolydian, and the unique lowered 2nd degree in the Minor tonality of Phrygian, we begin to realize just how important these new intervals are against the different tonalities we have to work with, (major in Mixolydian and minor in both Dorian and Phrygian).
Don't just take my word for it, get started on composing your own modal riffs in rock and metal. It's not just a good way to study and implement theoretical ideas, but Rock and Metal style is also a lot of fun to play as well.
Enjoy this weeks lesson!
Modes for Rock and Metal Guitar Riffs
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