Relation Between Modes and Major Scale

Just a quick over view of how modes fit into the major scale or so I've been told.

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I just been for my first guitar lesson EVER thought I'd share this neat trick. Been playing for 20 years+. And I do ok for someone that just loves to play passionately. But I wanted to expand a little on my playing, break some bad habits that have become ingrained from a self taught perspective.

I have always just hovered around the major and minor Pentatonic scale. After posing a question, of "what would you add to your rig when its time to break open the Piggybank" one gent recommended lessons. So that's what I did. and here is my home work. 

The pic shows the relationship of the modes to the major scale. According to this "trick." all you need to do to play modes, is to start the mode you wanting to play from the corresponding Number and follow it through.

E.g. if I play No.3 this would be starting on the E and would make up the Phrygian mode, making up the Em7 but still in the context of C major. I never understood the idea of modes but this instantly started making sense to me.

I'm guessing there is heaps more to this as I'm only scraping the surface here, so before all you knowledgeable people jump down my throat just take it from where it comes. And if this is wrong please share.

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    You are not wrong, but have not included enough information to make modes useful. You haven't covered the application of modes, which is where many people get them wrong. I also suspect that your teacher is about to lead you down the wrong path in respect to application because he is teaching you modes on your first guitar lesson. If you would like to know about modes read this: And this: Most of it will go over your head because you have not learnt the fundamentals of harmonising and keys, but those two threads give a pretty good background to modes.
    ^Both of your links lead to the same thread, Alan. But I agree, nothing wrong with the info here, but it does not explore the practical use of modes at all. It's a correct lesson for what it is, I guess
    Thanks for the heads up. I've added the correct link for the second article.