Robbie Calvo's Modal Expose

Google "musical modes guitar" and it'll spit back just under 5 million results. Everybody agrees on those funky Greek names but that's where the consensus ends. Try to figure out how to apply modes as an improvisational tool and you might as well try to understand Einstein's theory of relativity, gravitational time dilation and Galilean transformations without a degree in physics. Ain't likely to happen. But all that confusion ends now -- at last, you have at your fingertips a very clear and accessible "modal" approach for improvising over chord changes. No physics degree required.

Granted, there's massive volumes of information, history, and applications related to modes BUT you really only need to know a little to achieve big breakthroughs in your understanding of harmony and ability to improvise over chord changes -- and that's what Modal Expose is all about.

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About the Guitar Lesson Plan

Interactive Video Guitar Instruction

box artFirstly, an important disclaimer... Modal Expose is NOT another one of those jazzer's mode courses or a thick theoretical syllabus; Modal Expose is simply a very accessible approach for first identifying a progression's tonal center and then crafting great sounding solos, which leverage the characteristic tones within that progression. Simple as that.

If you already know what a major scale is and can play it in any key, you are good to go. First, Calvo shows you the seven modes that live within the seven notes of that scale. Next, Calvo reveals how the major, minor, dominant and diminished arpeggios and chords are built from those seven notes and modes within that key. Then Calvo demonstrates how to use his simple "modal" formula to also quickly grasp the underlying harmony of chord progressions. We guarantee these three epiphanies within the first thirty minutes of working through the course. No physics, no Greek required.

Now then, the fourth epiphamatic breakthrough of Modal Expose will get your heart racing and so we strongly recommend a stress test before undertaking the next section of the course. Calvo shows you how to apply your newfound understanding of modal harmony to improvise melodic lines seamlessly across any set of chord changes, in any progression. Yes, this means you can finally wean yourself off those safe 1-4-5 progressions, give those tired old pentatonic runs a rest, and solo over any progression, in any key, in any style.

As usual you'll play your way through the course; Calvo has created rhythm and soloing playalongs for every section of the course. Of course, all of the practice rhythm tracks are also included and everything is tabbed and notated on PDF, Power Tab and Guitar Pro files.

At last we are able to offer students an extraordinarily accessible, practical, no-nonsense guide to understanding and applying modes as an improvisational tool. Your solos will never sound the same again. And that's a promise.

About Your Instructor

Robbie Calvo

Robbie CalvoOne of the most popular TrueFire Educators, Robbie Calvo studied the art of decorative painting and design at the Hastings College of Arts and Technology receiving distinctions from the City & Guilds of London, England. Robbie also graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles. Robbie has taugh guitar at the London Musicians Institute and in 1995 Robbie placed second in the "Guitarist Of The Year" finals at London's Wembley Arena. He also took first place in the Unisong international songwriting competition with his instrumental piece "Dark Horses." Robbie relocated to Nashville, TN in 1998, to pursue his songwriting career, writing and pitching songs by day from his 16th Avenue publishing office and playing live at the writers rounds by night.

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What you Get:

Video software (Windows and Mac) with TrueFire's Lesson Player, PIP, full-screen, looping, slow motion, plus...

  • - 325 Minutes of Video
  • - Text Commentary
  • - Standard Notation
  • - Tab
  • - Power Tab
  • - Jam Tracks
  • - Guitar Pro


Early Intermediate through Advanced

Table of Contents

  1. A Major Scale
    - Overview
    - Ionian
    - Dorian
    - Phrygian
    - Lydian
    - Mixolydian
    - Aolian
    - Locrian
    - Transposing Keys
    - Chord Seq. Playalong
    - Mode Seq. Playalong
    - Arpeggio Seq. Playalong
  2. Modal Progressions
    - Tonal Centers Overview
  3. Amaj7 - Bmin7
    - Analysis & Playalong
  4. Bmin7 - Amaj7
    - Analysis & Playalong
  5. Bmin7 - C#min7
    - Analysis & Playalong
  6. I - IV - V Progressions
  7. I - IV - V Ionian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  8. IV - V - I Lydian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  9. V - IV - I Mixolydian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  10. I - IV - VI - V Ionian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  11. II - V - IV - I Dorian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  12. III - IV - II - I Phrygian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  13. IV - V - III - IV Lydian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  14. V - II - I - IV Mixolydian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  15. VI - IV - VI - I - V Aolian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  16. VII - V - VI - IV Locrian
    - Rhythm & Solo Demo
  17. Gear Overview
  18. Bonus Videos:
    - What Creates Modes?
    - Pentatonics or Modes?
    - Modes only for Jazz?
    - Connecting Modes?
    - Modes vs. Major Scales

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