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"1st Mode" = The major scale in the key you want2nd mode (the Dorian) = The same scale but played from its second note3rd mode (the Phrygian) = The same scale but played from its third noteetcEGCDEFGAB = IonianDEFGABC = DorianEFGACBD = PhrygianYou don't have to play them against the same bass note. EG Brick in the Wall is D Dorian. The tune uses notes from D Dorian and is harmonised by chords from the same keyYou can if you like try to construct a tune (with its harmonies) in a modal manner (check out Kind of Blue by Miles Davis), or consider folky tunes in the Aeolian mode (Natural minor scale).Or you can just treat these things as interesting musical constructs, and see how tweaking the Lydian mode by flattening its 4th degree gives you a new major scale starting on the 4th note of the major scale you started with (and thus construct the cycle of 4ths and show how flat keys get their key signatures), or how tweaking the Mixolydian mode by sharpening its 7th degree gives you a
new major scale starting on the 5th note of the major scale you started
with (and thus construct the cycle of 5ths and show how sharp keys get
their key signatures).I have just started playing Electric Guitar but dabbled with Bass and Acoustic on and off....i have learnt some basic open and barre chords and a few scales ect....and for ages the modes baffled me but i learnt the C major scale and it's modes as you put it....obviously starting on the root then using same notes but starting at d, e, f, g, a, b...back to c....good explanation by the way