Tech Tip:Help with Minor Modes

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Larry Thomas, Los Angeles, CA


Q: I am going through your “Modes Demystified" program and it has really opened my eyes to let me see how the modes work. I have one question: in a progression that goes from A Minor to E Minor, should I use the A Aeolian or A Dorian scales to create a lead?


A: I’m glad to hear that you are thinking this way and seeing that there are many ways to look at progressions. The answer is either or both, because E and A Minor chords are in the chord scales of C and G Major, both of these scales can be used to create a lead or melody over this progression. Try using each over this progression and then combining both to see what your ears like best.


Hope this helps,

John McCarthy

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