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ISSUE 303 } JANUARY 2020
WELCOME YEARS AGO I had no idea what modes were. In fact I couldn’t believe you could use scales from ‘other’ keys to create a solo in the key in which you were playing. Yet I’d hear guitarists whose improvisations sounded completely different to what I was doing.
READY TO SUBSCRIBE? www.myfavourite magazines.co.uk certain way in order to create different flavours. And that’s the key - it’s how they ‘sound’ that’s important, not what they ‘are’.
For instance, we often say you can think of (say) A Dorian as A Minor Pentatonic with added 6th (F#) and 9th (B). And that’s true.
I recall a moment with the great Allan Holdsworth. It was 1986 Summer NAMM and we were there for SynthAxe: me as an employee and he as our number one ambassador and player. We were all having dinner at an Indian restaurant in Chicago and I was sitting next to Allan. As he ordered his “ring of fire” I asked how it was that he could play notes that in his music sounded amazing, but were I to play them would sound awful, or plain ‘wrong’.
Now, Allan had devised his own methodology and had books full of scales, chords and very personal reasonings. Therefore his reply was equally unconventional.
He said, “Well, when you play any scale, you can create another scale from any of the notes in that scale, including the ones in between. This means you can play literally any note, in the right context, and it will sound good.” Yes, Allan was alluding to modes, but to him they were simply notes that ‘sounded’ a
But A Dorian comprises the notes of G Major because it’s G Major’s second mode. So, try this: over a backing track in Am, play A Minor Pentatonic with those added F# and B notes. Because you’re ‘thinking’ in Am you’ll be starting and landing a lot on A, or E, etc, so it will still sound very ‘A Minory’ more Gary than Carlos, if you like.
Now try the same A Minor backing track but playing G Major scale licks starting on G and landing on B - exactly the same pool of notes but you’ve changed the perspective for a very different Dorian sound - this time more Carlos than Gary.
In this issue Jon Bishop has created a wonderful blues-based Dorian feature that looks at this phenomenon in much finer detail. Do enjoy it, and I’ll see you next time!
Neville Marten, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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