Welcome!
Just a few a ground rules first...

Promotion, advertising and link building is not permitted.

If you are keen to learn, get to grips with something with the willing help of one of the net's original musician forums
or possess a genuine willingness to contribute knowledge - you've come to the right place!

Register >

- Close -
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: modes in a one chord vamp

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Belfast
    Posts
    7

    modes in a one chord vamp

    Just want to check my understanding.

    I get that if you play over a single repeating note you can go for any of the modes and that for a power chord you can go for any mode apart from Locrian (5b clash) but...

    if you play over a one chord vamp eg a cmaj can you use any of the major modes? eg Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian

    and like wise if you are playing over a minor chord eg Cmin can you then use any of the minor modes Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian (except Locrian as the 5/5b would clash).

    Thanks
    Phil

  2. #2
    Registered User JonR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Twickenham, UK
    Posts
    4,959
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Phil View Post
    Just want to check my understanding.

    I get that if you play over a single repeating note you can go for any of the modes and that for a power chord you can go for any mode apart from Locrian (5b clash) but...

    if you play over a one chord vamp eg a cmaj can you use any of the major modes? eg Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian

    and like wise if you are playing over a minor chord eg Cmin can you then use any of the minor modes Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian (except Locrian as the 5/5b would clash).

    Thanks
    Phil
    Yes, that's essentially correct.

    Over a minor triad, you could also play harmonic minor or melodic minor.

    And you could try Dorian mode on a major chord, which will give you a (sort of) blues sound (basically, flattening the 3rd of mixolydian).

    There are some other more unusual scales that would fit major and minor triads, but best not to go there yet...

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Phil View Post
    Just want to check my understanding.

    I get that if you play over a single repeating note you can go for any of the modes and that for a power chord you can go for any mode apart from Locrian (5b clash) but...

    if you play over a one chord vamp eg a cmaj can you use any of the major modes? eg Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian

    and like wise if you are playing over a minor chord eg Cmin can you then use any of the minor modes Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian (except Locrian as the 5/5b would clash).

    Thanks
    Phil

    Yes, theoretically all the things that you have said are correct. You can practice all these concepts over one note or triad vamps.
    The difficult thing is to focus in phrasing. What will be the phrases that you will use for each mode. I will use an example.
    Dm vamp-D Dorian
    Try to see and use the notes of Dm while improvising with the Dorian mode. This will give you greater control. Pay attention to certain notes. How it sounds to play an E note (9) over Dm. Also, hear the tension produced by playing Bb (b6- Aeolian) over Dm.

Similar Threads

  1. Major 11th chords
    By rbarata in forum Music Theory
    Replies: 112
    Last Post: 10-07-2014, 08:02 AM
  2. What am I REALLY playing?
    By threadsoffate in forum Music Theory
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 12-10-2011, 04:37 PM
  3. Chord Tones vs. Scales in Improv.
    By Crossroads in forum Improvisation
    Replies: 52
    Last Post: 06-06-2011, 01:42 PM
  4. Are there only sus2 chords?
    By ragasaraswati in forum Music Theory
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 10-20-2009, 01:11 PM
  5. Mode Questions.
    By spearlymatt in forum Music Theory
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-21-2009, 09:31 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •