Guitar Modes - The Modal Scales of Popular Music DVD
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***This video instruction is available at the author's Guitar-Music-Theory.com website.*** Did you know that modes are used all the time and everything is actually in a mode? Would you like to learn how most styles of popular music stem from the seven major scale modes? What if you could understand the chords and scales used in a song just by the way it sounds? How much better would your own compositions and improvisations be if you had the ability to make your guitar sound happy, sad, jazzy or exotic? Guitar Modes - The Modal Scales of Popular Music DVD is a two and a half hour video program that demonstrates the origin of major scale modes including the seven modal scale Greek names Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. You’ll finally get a simple and accurate explanation of modes that clears up all the myths and misconceptions that are so commonly taught. You’ll easily understand and apply one of music’s most exciting concepts to your own improvisations and compositions. It’ll be the last modes lesson you’ll need — guaranteed! The lessons are taught by music theory expert Desi Serna, and are based on his book, Fretboard Theory Chapter 8. For intermediate level players and up who are already familiar with major scale patterns. Additional video instruction and online courses are available at the author’s website: Guitar-Music-Theory.com
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Guitar Modes - The Modal Scales of Popular Music opened my eyes. I can watch it over, and over, and over again. Before Guitar Modes, I was thinking that I never will understand it, because it was so strange to me: Ionian, Dorian... Aeolian etc. There were no answers on many online sources, I almost gave up! And than, suddenly, I discovered Desi Serna!
He is not only a good teacher, he is also very professional and very polite person. I sent to him a couple of e-mails related to Guitar playing, and he responded to each of them.
Of course, if you want to understand Guitar Modes, you must have solid knowledge about Major Scale and Chord Progression. In that case, his DVD Chord Progression and playing by Numbers (wonderful course) will help you!
A couple bugs where he said something different than he played (although he corrects it with text on screen) but over all the ONLY modal instruction you will ever need!! After watching this video twice I was ripping Phygian and Mixolydian leads (among others with ease!!).
Only thing I would add to this video would be a KEY/CHORD chart to show the degrees of the chords and applications of modes on top of the related chords. I use one when practicing to refer to chords in key and to figure out what mode to put over what progressions. But you can download one from the internet to satisfy this.
Great DVD!! Go Desi!!
Comparatively, I've owned Guitar 411, a video that supposedly demystified modal scales but left me more confused then before I watched it. Desi's knows how to teach, and relays his knowledge in a clear and direct manner. I've seen alot of instructional videos for guitar, Desi is at the top of the list for instructors with the likes of Keith Wyatt and Steve Krenz. I'd recommend renting it, as its not really a video to play along with, It's modal theory, so grab a pen and notebook, you'll need it. I'd also recommend his video on Chord progression by the numbers.
I've bought probably 30+ books and DVDs on playing better and learning this and that over the years. This one is easily in the top 3. The material will add to your playing about 100 times what it costs.
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I think it is fair to say the historical approach to teaching modes is at best, confusing to many or most...Read more
in a way that just about anyone can understand. He makes the modes come alive!!!!!!!Read more