Modes and Music Theory
6 Ways To Solo Over 4 “Simple” Chords [Dorian + Minor Modal Mixture]
This lesson explores modal interchange AKA modal mixture between Dorian and Minor. Specifically with the tonal center of E. The four chords we are working with are Em – G – A and C, and these do not fit conveniently into a single mode of major. Therefore switching between scales is a valid and helpful approach to writing melodies or leads over these chords.
We explore several different varieties of scale-blending, arpeggios, and voice leading to discover new ways to solo over a set of chords without just repeating the same licks over and over.
If you’re interested in recording/production, you can watch my 1 hour tutorial on how I mixed and made the backing track for this video: https://youtu.be/OaXcTchsmss
If you’re confused about this lesson I recommend you watch the following videos:
Minor Scale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-j4g0ktPGw
Dorian Scale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r6ftqp1bkA
Modal Mixture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyR98UEtt18
Arpeggio Basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnwCnkYHv9U&t=232s
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