Watch the Modal Expose online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Modal Expose
I still find it amazing to think that all of the music we've ever heard was created from 12 notes and even more mind boggling is the amount of songs, chord progressions and melodies that have been written in one key containing only 7 notes!
This is exactly why I believe that understanding the major scale modes may just be the most important subject a guitarist can study and integrate into his or her playing.
The 'Modal Expose' course is the foundation to unlocking an incredible amount of musical fulfillment for you and your audience. I'll give you the key - are you ready to use it?
Without further ado, I bring you 'The Modal Expose'. A course designed to empower you with the truth about the major scale modes and show you just how simple it is to understand and see the light when the tunnel is made of glass. No smoke and mirrors, just 7 notes! Applied 7 different ways!
I have laid the course out in such a way as to gradually impart new information and ease you towards a full and comprehensive understanding of how the modal system works, one video at a time. Please work through the whole course even if some of the information is a review or refresher for you. You may just find a gem of wisdom in there as you work through everything.
I have presented the course in one key, A major. I've done this to eliminate any confusion and because it's a really good key for guitarists. I have also limited the lesson information to one scale shape in one position on the fretboard and you are going to find out that all of the information you need to become a great modal player exists right there within 4 frets! Guess what? All of the information you'll learn is transposable to every key too, by just moving the shape!
I think you will find out quickly that it just takes a clear understanding of the 7 notes found in the major scale, the chords that are built from those seven notes and the fact that those chords create chord progressions. Chord progressions can and often do, resolve to a Tonal Center other than that of the first chord in the scale, in fact lots of chord progressions don't even contain the first chord in the key! Once you understand where the underlying harmony (chords) resolve to, you can then apply the corresponding mode to that tonal center with your licks and single note phrases.
Remember, there are 7 notes that make up 7 chords. Chord progressions can resolve to any of the 7 tonal centers. We can then apply the 7 modes depending on which tonal center the progression resolves to.
Before we start working through the information in each segment, please take a moment to read the paragraphs below as I think they clearly define the major scale modes and why we employ them in our every day playing as rhythm and lead guitarists.
The major scale modes are created by inverting the 7 note major scale to start and end on each of the 7 tones within the scale. Each of those inverted scales is directly related to the chord that is built from the root of that note. The reason we do this is that chord progressions built from the scale often resolve to a tonality other than that of the first note or chord. You are still playing in the same key but you have a different tonal center.
A tonal center is the place your ear 'hears' as the resolution point or 'home'. I will be explaining how to harmonize the scale, show the resulting chord, arpeggio and modal approach in each of the mode sections.
Understand that modality is as much about the chord progressions as it is the single note lines.
Let's get this party started!