#1
so ive been playing 6 years but i just need to clear something up about palying modes.
lets say were playing a chord pregression of C, F, and G. of course we can play c ionian (major scale), but there are other modes, such as e phrygian, with the same notes. so, if we want to play a solo without any atonal sounding notes, would you play in e phrygian or c phrygian? i would choose e phrygian but ive never been totally sure.

my confusion comes from the fact that e phrygian sounds the same to me as c ionian, because when playing all over the fretboard, im playing the same notes regardless of the starting point. but c phrygian would sound atonial to the progression. thanks for reading
#2
The harmony determines which mode you're playing. You wouldn't play E Phrygian over a C-F-G (I-IV-V) progression because it's a simple major progression. C Phrygian wouldn't work because the notes are inconsistent with the progression and the harmony doesn't suggest it either. If you had a chord progression or vamp that was suggestive of E Phrygian, that's when you'd use it.

The reason E Phrygian sounds the same as C Ionian to you is because you've never played the E Phrygian mode; you'd certainly hear the difference with the correct harmonic context.
#3
hmm. it always sounds the same to me though because of what i explained above. i know theres a difference in the steps but it just sounds the same to me when i play it all over the fretboard because its the same notes. is the difference in the rhythm then?
#4
well although its not as easy with the guitar but in general you add emphasis to the root of the scale, but like i said its not as easy on guitar(although you still can). I'm sure you could add a tied eighth note or some other rhythm emphasis to the root note.
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#5
To both above me: no, rhythm has nothing to do with it. The harmonic context brings out the unique intervals of each mode.

BAoxymoron: It's not any harder or easier with guitar as opposed to other instruments.
#7
Quote by Soadfan8
ok thanks that helps.

For example, try this: you know the notes of D Dorian are the same as C major. Play that C-F-G and record it, and solo over it in C major.

Then, record a vamp of Dm7-G7 and play those same notes over the vamp, and you'll hear the Dorian tonality.