GuitarZoom - Modes Made Easy
Modes Made Easy is an 6-week, interactive guitar soloing masterclass taught by Steve Stine, Professor of Modern Guitar Studies at North Dakota State University. You'll learn everything you need to know to become a complete, well-rounded guitarist who can…
Play mind-melting solos from scratch using all seven modes
Improvise riffs and licks using modes
Easily incorporate modes into your everyday playing
Confidently use modes in various styles of music including rock, pop and blues
Understand what modes are and how they're used in real-world songs
Here's What You Get
6-Weeks of interactive, online video lessons from Steve Stine 100% focused on understanding and using the seven modes in your guitar soloing…
Personal, one-on-one help from Steve Stine: A special email address that comes directly to Steve so you can ask me questions during the course.
Private Facebook group so you can interact with Steve personally as well as the other masterclass members.
Two, 1-hour live video-sessions so you can speak directly with Steve and get answers fast.
Recordings of each of the 2 live-sessions so you'll have them for life.
Lifetime access to all the training videos inside the members-only website.
Complete tab for each week's lessons so you can easily follow along and you'll never get lost.
All jam tracks used in the class so you can rock-out your new solo skills!
The "Big Picture"…
If you're an intermediate to advanced guitarist, who's ready to finally understand what modes are and how to use them so you can take your playing to level you never dreamed possible, then you're in the right place…
Because it's finally here – The ultimate, step-by-step, "here's how you do it," easy-to-understand, practical guide for mastering the modes… Modes Made Easy by Steve Stine.
FACT: 98% guitarists are CLUELESS about what modes are, much less how to actually use them.
Of course, if you're like most guitarists, when you hear the word "modes" your eyes glaze over, your brain locks up, and you think, "What the…?"
And if that happens you, I've got good news – it's NOT your fault!
Because modes are one of the most misunderstood concepts in guitar.
They're shrouded in mystery, myth and legend. In fact, 98% of guitarists have no clue what modes even are, and even fewer understand how to actually use them. Which is a cryin' shame.
Because once you understand just a few key concepts about modes, you can instantly transform your playing from "dull and boring" to exotic and spine-tingling!
#1 Myth About Modes
Most guitarists think that modes are just black-magic, "unicorn-horn" stuff that only the guitar-gods (like Satriani, Vai, etc.) can ever really understand or use. Or worse, they think they're only for "shredders" and metal-heads… WRONG!
Modes can be used in all styles of music. Everything from rock, pop, jazz, blues, and even country!
Why Modes Have Never Made Sense… Until Now!
Because the truth is, most guitar "instructors" don't understand modes either! Or worse, they know just enough to be dangerous. They understand bits-and-pieces of modal playing, and they usually leave their students more confused than when they first got started.
But, finally, there's a SOLUTION… Modes Made Easy by Steve Stine.
Four reasons why this training is completely different than anything you've ever seen, or even heard of…
REASON#1: University-Level Training
First, this is the first-ever "100% modes" course taught by Steve Stine, Professor of Modern Guitar Studies at North Dakota State University. And as a university professor, you know you're going to be getting the best-of-the-best training. This is college-level instruction at a fraction of the cost.
REASON#2: Degree In Music Education
Secondly, Steve has a bachelors degree in Music Education. This means that he can actually teach you how this stuff works… and it will actually make sense!
REASON#3: Real-World Playing Experience
Third, Steve understands the "real-world" application of modes. Because he's been playing and performing as the lead-guitarist in literally dozens of bands, touring the U.S. and U.K. over the last 25 years.
So, he not only understands modes from a theory standpoint, he also "gets it" when it comes to being able to APPLY modes to your "everyday" playing.
REASON#4: Careful Course Planning
Forth, Steve pours his heart and soul into every course he creates. He's passionate about teaching and help you succeed. He carefully plans out each course, so it makes sense to you and will help you in as fast as humanly possible. Here's his mindmap of Modes Made Easy so you can see for yourself…
"Yes, YOU Can Do This!"
Now, you might be wondering, "This sounds great. But can I actually do this?" And the short answer is, "YES you can." All you really need is a guitar and strong desire to succeed.
Of course, this is isn't for beginners. You need some experience playing solos (even simple ones), a basic understanding of the pentatonic scale, as well as simple soloing techniques like sliding, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.
Plus, you need an open mind. Because the truth is, unless you've studied music theory at the college-level, or you've done an enormous amount of independent study, it's very likely that…
"Everything You Know About Modes Is Wrong"
But, like I said earlier… it's not your fault! If you're confused about modes and how they work and how to use them, it's because the training you've gotten so far has been crap. That's where Steve's Modes Made Easy course will help you.
This Course Is Designed To Be Easy
Modes are not something you can understand by watching a 10 minute YouTube video, right? If it were that easy you wouldn't be reading this. 🙂
But, it doesn't have to be hard! Steve has laid everything out of you in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step training that you can follow at your own pace.
BUT… it's extremely important that you watch each training module in order. That's why…
You Get Everything In Weekly, Bite-Size "Chunks"
Each training module (series of videos) is designed to build one lesson upon the other. So, to help keep you on track, you'll receive a new training each week for a total of 6 weeks.
We've found this to be the most effective way to break down complex training so you you won't "overwhelmed". You'll be able to process the info and start using it immediately, which will help you retain and apply what you've learned. (Which is the whole point, right?)
Plus, you won't have hours-and-hours of video to "slog" through. You'll just focus on ONE key-concept at a time. And you'll master it. Apply it. And by the time it starts to really "sink in" you'll have the next training module ready and waiting for you.
Imagine… in just a few short weeks, YOU are able to pick up your guitar, throw on a backing track, and crank out a ear-bending modal guitar solo from scratch!
Think of the endless possibilities you'll have when you have all seven modes in your "bag-o-tricks," and you can toss them into any solo, anytime you want to give your guitar-leads that incredible sound that you can ONLY get from using the modes the right way…
Here's Just A Taste Of What You'll Discover…
Module I: Intro To Modes – What They Are, And Why They Even Matter
An overview of what modes are, why they're important, and how they can change your playing forever
Why modes are so misunderstood and what to do about it
Why virtually everything you know about modes is wrong and how to fix it fast
A quick-and-simple history of modes and why it's crucial for your understanding…
Why modes always have seven pitches and how they're related to the major scale…
A complete, note-for-note breakdown of each mode and how it relates to the major scale
What makes each of the seven modes unique
How to apply modes in the "real world"
How each mode interacts with chords and different keys
The relationships of chords to each mode
The chromatic scale, how to play it on each string, and why it's crucial to understanding modes
Scale theory – why it matters to the serious guitarist
Major diatonic scale – why it's the "hinge" to understand modes
Chord-theory… how chords and scales are related so you can choose the right one every time
What triads are and why they're crucial
How to turn any simple triad in a 7th chord by adding one note…
Simple shortcuts for understanding which chords are best for each mode…
Module II: Using Modes In The Real World
How to use modes instantly in any solo… (even ones that you've been playing for years)
Common Key vs. Linear soloing: what these terms mean to YOU…
A quick-and-easy way to choose the right mode for any song every time
Pentatonic Expansion – how to "spice up" to any tired solo instantly
How to break free from your pentatonic-rut by "stealing" notes from the modes…
Chordal Approach – how to use modes over any chord progression and completely ignore traditional scale
How to add "color notes" that fit perfectly into your solo, regardless of which scale you're in…
Modal Multiple Choice: what it is, and how to use it to follow chords…
Modal Force – when you should throw "traditional" theory out the window and "force" your mode over the chords to get the sound and color YOU want…
How modes have influenced music for the last 1400 years and why it's critical to know
How modes are related to the major and minor diatonic scales
How to "find" modes hidden in every scale
Solo Planning – how to play a red-hot solo over chords that DON'T fit in any one key
The unique quality of each mode and how to choose the right one based on your musical intent
Why the major 3rd creates Mixolydian and the minor 3rd creates Dorian, while they both have dominants
Why it's crucial to relate every mode back to it's major diatonic "root"
Why the chords and key determine the mode but not your solo or it's direction…
Non-Diatonic Soloing – choosing the right notes every time (especially when the chords don't come from any one scale)
Module III: Applying Modes To Different Musical Styles
A simple trick to quickly ID which mode(s) you can use for your solo based on the chords in a song…
How to improvise over real-life scenarios to understand which modes will work (and which won't)
Why Ionian is the "Mother Mode" how to understand it's relationship to the other major modes
How modes are just versions of the major diatonic scale with different "root" notes… (note: understanding this one simple concept will revolutionize your soloing!)
The two modes you can starting using in your blues solos today
The critical elements that make Mixolydian and Dorian popular in blues solos
Four examples of actual solos that use modes (hint… if you've been playing guitar for any time at all, you'll instantly recognize these!)
How and why blues phrasing is different that other musical styles
When NOT to use modes in you blues solos
Why you should avoid the 6th when using modes in your blues solos
The #1 reason the power-chord is the perfect chord for using modes in your solo
A quick-and-simple way to categorize modes so you can easily access them as you play
Module IV: Adding Modes To Your Everyday Solos
A side-by-side comparison of each mode… the similarities and differences of each
How to use modes in parallel keys…
Major vs. Minor – how modes are grouped and why
What qualities make each mode unique and why it’s important
Mood, Tension and Color: How to choose the right mode based on your musical intent
Pentatonic vs. diatonic modes – how they're related and how to use them
Why using modes in your solo is often easier and more efficient than "traditional" scales…
Why modes are powerful in improv and who to start using them in your everyday playing…
Why modes are great for "riffing" and soloing
A quick-and-easy way to choose a mode when using barre-chords
How to choose the right mode to play over any major, minor or diminished chord
How to determine which mode you can use over 7th chords
Ideas for using modes in your blues playing
Module V: Beyond The Basics
Modal arpeggios… how to craft a simple solo based on the chords that naturally occur in modes
Shortcuts and methods for memorizing the different modes
Modal-Phrasing: how to play a mind-warping solo using simple melodies you can play with one finger across the fretboard
The crucial difference between "tension" and "emphasis" notes
When and how to use "passing tones" in your solo to create tension
How to mix-and-match modes into the solos you already know
How to add modes into your "pentatonic" solos to add instant spice
Which notes to avoid during your solo so you don't have a mode "train wreck"
The primary pitches to memorize so you can always return "home" if you get lost during your solo
Why modes are NOT just for shredders and how they're used in the solos you probably already know and love (four real-world examples)
Why the 9th and 6th are "tension" notes in Dorian and how to use them to instantly command the attention of your audience…
Module VI: How Guitar-Legends Use Modes
High-level concepts and ideas for approaching guitar solos from a modal perspective
Examples of famous guitarist who've used modes and why
How modes have been over the last 40 years and how it applies to you today
Famous licks and solo examples that use modes – and why they work
Practical ways to incorporate more modes into your next solo
Why and how modes can revolutionize your playing forever…
How to visualize the modes across your fretboard and "rethink" what's possible…
How modes relate to the scales you already know…
More Core-Concepts You'll Discover Along The Way…
Why and how modes are just variations of the major scale, plus why it's critical to understand if you ever want to "win" at using modes
Block" vs. spread-fingering positions, when to use them both and why…
A simple check-list to instantly know which modes you can use over the most common chord progressions, as well as why and how it works…
How Phrygian is related to the other modes and minor scale, plus what makes it unique
How and why we usually think of Phrygian as "Spanish," plus practical ways of introducing it into your solo…
Linear vs. parallel modal soloing
A simple "chord-chasing" technique you can use for your modal solo
Which notes to emphasize during a modal solo and why
How to determine which modes you can use for any chord progression and any song…
The half-step connection between modes and why it's critical to understanding modes and how to apply them…
Here's What This Will Do For You
You'll have complete, working knowledge of all seven modes are and how to actually use them in your everyday playing
You'll be able to crank out soul-stirring leads using all seven modes, over just about any chord progression, any song, any riff, any time.
You'll see the fretboard in a whole new way, like you never have before
You'll approach soloing with a brand new perspective
You'll have a new sense of freedom in your playing
You'll be a better overall musician because you'll be able to adapt to virtually any song, any time, on demand, and you'll never be embarrassed by your lack of knowledge.
You'll get your most burning questions answered about modes and how they can help you become a better overall musician…
You'll be able to pick up your guitar and play a mind-bending solo from scratch using sounds, colors and tones that most guitarists will never learn.
You'll expand your knowledge of the fretboard, and the endless possibilities that you have at your fingertips whenever you pick up your guitar.
The stuff you've been scratching your head about for years will suddenly