Hey guys, I read one topic that was somewhat about this already but I still feel like I have some questions. For me, whenever I come up with a line or riff, it sounds major. It seems no matter what I do everything that comes out is major, I don't understand.
I've read so many articles about "emphasizing" particular notes and which modes work over certain chords. I understand this on paper but when I go to apply it, it doesn't work out. Here's an example, say I'm playin in C maj and its a I, ii, V, I progression. According to these articles, I could play Ionian over I, Dorian over ii, Mixolydian over V and Ionian again over the I. But how would one go about this? If I'm in C major, no sharps and no flats, what would it matter if I played Dorian insteadof Mixolydian if it's all the same notes? I understand they start on different degrees of the Ionian scale, but how does playing one mode over a chord instead of another make any difference?
Now I took AP Music Theory this year in high school and like to think I know some about theory but when it comes to actually applying it to my instrument, I lose it. I don't like anything I play and don't think it's ever good enough.
I guess what I'm trying to find out is how I can improve my bass lines when sitting down and writing with my guitarist or just jamming? Does this music theory stuff pay off or is it more of a hinderance?
I really hope I didn't annoy anyone posting this topic cuz I'm sure it's way over done but I always feel like there's something missing after reading other user's posts. Thanks for any advice or help!