Lesson 20: Modal Harmony Concluded
- The Other 4 Modes with Their Characteristic Notes:
- Phrygian: b2
- Lydian: #4
- Mixolydian: b7
- Aeolian: b6
- Characteristic Chords and Chord Progressions
- Avoid Chords and Chord Progressions
- A Vamp in A Aeolian
You should read Lesson 19 before
proceeding with this lesson. If you haven't, please do so now. What I present here is the essential information regarding the
remaining four modes: Phrygrian, Lydian, Mixolydian, and Aeolian.
Be sure you study the characteristic chord progressions for each of these modes. In fact, I
encourage you to record yourself playing these progressions and jamming to them. That's where
your real learning will come in and that's how you apply this stuff to your playing - you play it.
Oh, one more thing worth mentioning: the "avoid chord progressions" for all 5 modes
(Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, and Aeolian) translate to the ii- V I
chord progression for each mode's relative major key. Never play that progression in a modal context.
You only play it when you want to establish Ionian mode as a tonic.
Just like I included a modal vamp in Lesson 3 for C Ionian, I'm including one here for A Aeolian. I really
like the chords for this progression, especially the Am9 (b13) chord. Also, keep in mind,
instead of playing an A-7 chord, you can also play a regular Am chord for variation. (You know what to do
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