#1
I've read through the various mode stickies, and spent hours messing around with them. This is my explanation of how to use and apply modes to my understanding. I would love a yes, that is correct, or no, and perhaps a hint as to what needs to be studied more to finnaly make them click. Here is the original post:


My biggest problem, is I know the modes/patterns. I just can not find a decent lesson that explains how to apply them. I've spent a good 4-6 months learning the patterns, I just can't figure out how to analyze the music to know which mode is appropriate to play. Any links would be awesome. I can build them, on the guitar and on paper, but I don't really understand when to use them.

IE Modes based on C Major Scale

Ionian: C D E F G A B C
Dorian: D E F G A B C D
Phyrgian: E F G A B C D E
Lydian: F G A B C D E F
Mixolydian: G A B C D E F G
Aeolian: A B C D E F G A
Locrian: B C D E F G A B

Chords in Key of C
C Dm7 Em7 FM7 G7 Am7 Bdim

What I don't understand is where do I go from here. My recent understanding is that you have to rebuild all of the chords from the mode. IE C Lydian would use the chords

CM7 D7 Em7 Fdim G Am7 Bm7 (Same chords as G Major reorganized?

So by combining these chords into a progression with the

C Lydian scale (G Major just reorganized)
C D E F# G A B C

turn into improvising in Lydian, with the "Lydian feel"?
#3
I read it. I'm just trying to find a confirmation on whether I understood what I read or not
#4
I'm not exactly an expert on explaining mode application but I will try to help you. I don't think you can have a modal progression using all of those chords. If you use all of those chords you will be playing in G major. If I wanted to play lydian I would use the I and II chords. So if I were writing in F lydian I would use some sort of F major-Gmajor chord. IF i used too many different chords the tonality would pull to C and I would just be playing in C major. If that doesn't make sense then wait for someone smarter to post lol.
#5
Basically, what you need to understand is the concept of harmony, as opposed to just "which chords are in a key". Judging by your question, I would say you aren't comfortable yet with even analysing more conventional harmony and listening to it. How comfortable would you be writing out a progression that went from a major key to it's relative minor?