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Talking Technique: Modes on a String

Typically when we play scales, we play across the strings, but there’s a lot of value in playing all the way up a single string. It helps us to think in positions and to mentally know how many steps you are skipping as you walk up the string. Today we’ll be working on our theory as well as our technique as we go through the modes.

If that sounds scary, don’t worry! There are only three “building blocks” that you’ll encounter when going up the string. We’ll work through each mode with fingerings all starting on the same root note to reinforce the differences in how to build them.

Today’s tip: When you’re making shifts, be sure to make them smooth! We’ve got an easy yet powerful exercise to focus on smooth jumps.