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User ImageBillyJack
4:18 pm Wednesday
August 9, 2006
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This exercise game uses 10 different (5fret) block patterns for the Modes of the Major Scale. Below are 10 links to the game. The first link is a sheet with all 10 pattern frames you can print out to practice with. The other 9 are to the game levels. Each higher level gets faster. The speed ranges are 15, 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, 4, 3 and 2 seconds between frames. Your goal is to see how fast you can play up and back down the pattern shown without making mistakes on any of the 14 frames.

How to Play:
When you click on a level, an image of a fret board with the first inversion on it and the word "READY?" will open and hold for 5 seconds. Then a count down will start "3" "2" "1" "GO". Then the game begins.

Objective:
Make it through all 14 frames, up and down the scale, without making any mistakes at the highest level possible. Post your best mistake free time.

IONIAN MODE:
Practice sheet--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian.jpg
Level 1 = 15 seconds http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian15.gif
Level 2 = 13 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian13.gif
Level 3 = 11 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian11.gif
Level 4 = 09 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian09.gif
Level 5 = 07 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian07.gif
Level 6 = 05 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian05.gif
Level 7 = 04 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian04.gif
Level 8 = 03 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian03.gif
Level 9 = 02 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/ionian02.gif


DORIAN MODE:
Practice sheet--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian.jpg
Level 1 = 15 seconds http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian15.gif
Level 2 = 13 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian13.gif
Level 3 = 11 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian11.gif
Level 4 = 09 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian09.gif
Level 5 = 07 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian07.gif
Level 6 = 05 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian05.gif
Level 7 = 04 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian04.gif
Level 8 = 03 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian03.gif
Level 9 = 02 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/dorian02.gif


PHRYGIAN MODE:
Practice sheet--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian.jpg
Level 1 = 15 seconds http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian15.gif
Level 2 = 13 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian13.gif
Level 3 = 11 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian11.gif
Level 4 = 09 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian09.gif
Level 5 = 07 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian07.gif
Level 6 = 05 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian05.gif
Level 7 = 04 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian04.gif
Level 8 = 03 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian03.gif
Level 9 = 02 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/phrygian02.gif


LYDIAN MODE:
Practice sheet--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian.jpg
Level 1 = 15 seconds http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian15.gif
Level 2 = 13 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian13.gif
Level 3 = 11 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian11.gif
Level 4 = 09 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian09.gif
Level 5 = 07 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian07.gif
Level 6 = 05 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian05.gif
Level 7 = 04 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian04.gif
Level 8 = 03 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian03.gif
Level 9 = 02 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/lydian02.gif


MIXOLYDIAN MODE:
Practice sheet--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian.jpg
Level 1 = 15 seconds http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian15.gif
Level 2 = 13 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian13.gif
Level 3 = 11 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian11.gif
Level 4 = 09 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian09.gif
Level 5 = 07 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian07.gif
Level 6 = 05 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian05.gif
Level 7 = 04 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian04.gif
Level 8 = 03 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian03.gif
Level 9 = 02 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame1/mixolydian02.gif


AEOLIAN MODE:
Practice sheet--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian.jpg
Level 1 = 15 seconds http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian15.gif
Level 2 = 13 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian13.gif
Level 3 = 11 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian11.gif
Level 4 = 09 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian09.gif
Level 5 = 07 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian07.gif
Level 6 = 05 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian05.gif
Level 7 = 04 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian04.gif
Level 8 = 03 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian03.gif
Level 9 = 02 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/aeolian02.gif


LOCRIAN MODE:
Practice sheet--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian.jpg
Level 1 = 15 seconds http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian15.gif
Level 2 = 13 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian13.gif
Level 3 = 11 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian11.gif
Level 4 = 09 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian09.gif
Level 5 = 07 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian07.gif
Level 6 = 05 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian05.gif
Level 7 = 04 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian04.gif
Level 8 = 03 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian03.gif
Level 9 = 02 seconds--http://members.cox.net/speedgame2/locrian02.gif


The levels are gif files so if you are on a slow connection, you can just download the files and play from your hard drive.

Please post Results and Comments here!
http://guitarknowledgenet.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1415#1415

Note: Feel free to critique game. Specially if you find a bad link or an error in the patterns.
User ImageBillyJack
5:18 pm Thursday
February 15, 2007
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Unlocked
User ImageT.A.Z
6:24 am Sunday
February 18, 2007
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Why you unlocked it dude?? I thought it was right being stickied!! Its a great topic!!
User ImageBillyJack
9:36 am Sunday
February 18, 2007
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I'm gonna lets this one fade away as I'm getting the Scales version ready. As slow as the posting has been lately, I figure by the time it falls off the 1st page it'll be time to put up the next one.
User Imagejeremy
11:01 pm Friday
June 1, 2007
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This never even fell too far from the top of page one. I see that this game kinda fell flat like the new one did. I wasn't into this back when this was posted but now I am.

Let's shred some stuff!
User ImageBillyJack
11:19 pm Friday
June 1, 2007
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You just had to bump it back up didn't you? LOL It's ok now. I have all but endless storage now that've move into free image host sites. Laughing
User Imagejeremy
11:27 pm Friday
June 1, 2007
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Yeah, but it didn't take much of a bump. I'm on a posting spree tonight, I think.
User Imagejeremy
11:31 pm Friday
June 1, 2007
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I just started ripping into the Dorian mode from the one link posted in this thread. Since I don't have a DVD player to play the DVD at work I can work on the modes from here. (Because fortunately I DO have a guitar at my desk).
User ImageBillyJack
12:16 am Saturday
June 2, 2007
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Quote From Mallard:
Yeah, but it didn't take much of a bump. I'm on a posting spree tonight, I think.
I noticed! Laughing You're posting like I do when I get on the whiskey.
User Imagejeremy
12:30 am Saturday
June 2, 2007
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DUDE!
User ImageBillyJack
9:11 am Saturday
June 2, 2007
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Quote From Mallard:
DUDE!
Laughing You know I'm just playing!
User Imagejeremy
9:34 pm Sunday
June 3, 2007
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Yeah, that was funny. I was bustin' some totally sober posting though. For real. I just decided that this board doesn't get enough action so I'm gonna light it up once in a while. But I'll keep all of my posts guitar oriented in some way.
User Imagejeremy
4:54 am Wednesday
June 6, 2007
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I did it... with no guitar in my hands...
User ImageBillyJack
7:27 am Wednesday
June 6, 2007
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Looks like you nailed them! One thing though. Pattern lines 6 & 7 are the same patterns as 14 & 15 on the exercise you typed out, just an octave higher. Nothing wrong with that, in fact you're right. The reason I pointed it out was in case you're wondering why you came up with 21 patterns when there are only 19 Dorian on the DVD. The reason I didn't add them, is anything you can play from an open string you can duplicate at the 12th fret, but not always the other way around.

Good job! Now as you continue with the patterns, always keep the relationship of the pattern to the Parent Major in your mind. All these exercises are still in C Major. As you progress in theory, it may not directly click as to why this is important at first, but just trust me on this. The other thing is, learn the intervals that create each mode. As you change keys, the notes in each mode change and it adds sharps and flats, to the naturals, but the intervals themselves never change.
User Imagejeremy
9:07 pm Friday
June 8, 2007
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It's funny you mention the pattern count 'cause after I busted out the PTAB I looked at those older pages that you have and it took me a second to realize why you didn't have the duplicate patterns.

I know where you're comin' from with the memorization tips. One thing that I do differently in my mind is I don't call the modes by their names. Like Ionian an' all that. I call 'em by number. Like Ionian is ONE and Dorian is TWO in my mind. Because they start on the first and second intervals respectively. That takes out a step in my mind. At least that's the way it works for me. For example... instead of thinking C/Ionian/1st I just think C/1st.
User ImageBillyJack
12:02 am Saturday
June 9, 2007
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Just a personal observation on your memory technic. It's been my experience, that to short cut the modes and any from, even by name will lead to a lose in comprehension. Each mode has it's own identity and if learned as such, will help you use them in ways many players can't. I have to argue with people on a regular bases that the patterns I'm teaching are in fact modes and not simply scales. Look at the Dorian for example:

Played as a parent, the intervals compile a minor scale. (b3 b7) This is true enough, but if you see that pattern evolve in a score and recognize it as Dorian, then you will know it's 7th to be the prior Ionian and like wise through out the other modes. This allows you to use harmonic intervals to your advantage when opting lead or chords. If you learn the Dorian as a 2, when it's used as the parent (1) you end up having to think about shifting the numbers to suite the non major parent. Does that make sense?

It's been told to me time and time again, "If you have to think while playing, you're already lost." If you're gonna learn the feel and relationships of each modal pattern anyway, why not learn the basics completely and correctly so you don't have to rethink them when the parent's not the root major?
User Imagejeremy
12:49 am Saturday
June 9, 2007
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Hmm... apparently I haven't thought in modes enough yet to follow what you mean. Maybe once I learn all of these patterns and start to apply them I'll understand. But right now the way I'm seeing it is like, if I'm gonna play a lead in any key then I'll know all of the patterns that you can rip from any interval in that key without assigning any name to the mode. I'll just know where to go. Like if I'm ripping in G I'll know to hit the second mode from any A note.
User ImageBillyJack
12:04 pm Saturday
June 9, 2007
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Think of it this way. In G, your chordal triadic scale is:

G, Am, Bm, C, D, Em, Fdim

What if the G is not a Major, but a minor?

Gm, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

How do you know what chords can be played over it?

If you ID the "Gm" as the 2 of "F", what will your third harmonic chord from the Gm be?

With the method you're using, here are the calculations you'd need to make:
1) Gm is the 2nd of F major.
2) A third above the 2 is a 4.
3) The 4 of "F" is "B".
Therefore the third harmonic of this Gm chord is B major.

Now, think in these terms:
This Gm pattern is Dorian
A third above Dorian is Lydian
END OF CALCULATIONS.

To get to this point, you have to:
1) Know the sequence of Modes of the Major Scale.
2) Know each Mode as an individual intity. (The big weakness)
3) Understand it's a circle that repeats after the locrian mode.

In other words, learn what's on the disc completely and remember after the last mode they repeat.
User Imagejeremy
7:29 pm Sunday
June 10, 2007
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Dude... I'm starting to see what you're saying. I got to talking with my nephew about this over the weekend (he's a music major at West Chester) and he was kinda on your side but he didn't try to talk me out of my way of thinking. He was just kinda like, "Hmm... so you just cut the names of the modes right out of the equation?" I think that he was too scared to debate it with me or something. But what you just posted there helped me see where you're coming from with this. It's funny that I've played guitar since I was 12 but never started to learn this kinda stuff. It's about time.

Thanks!
User Imagejeremy
2:55 am Monday
June 11, 2007
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Dude, I just realized that I goofed the second last inversion in my Dorian PTAB back there. You didn't bust me on that. Here's the edit:
User ImageBillyJack
1:37 pm Monday
June 11, 2007
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Yeah, I just skimmed through it and it sounded right. The only reason I caught the double up was because I couldn't decide if I should add them or not when I made the disc. Very happy The important thing is that you caught your mistake. I'm hoping that's what the exercises on the disc can do. Give a player a solid means of measuring their understanding, to make connections that they where otherwise missing and the ability to correct themselves without second guessing. It's seems to be working in your case. To me that's just too COOL!
User Imagejeremy
10:42 pm Friday
June 15, 2007
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That was a tight post.
User Imagejeremy
11:19 pm Sunday
June 17, 2007
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Movin' on...
User ImageBillyJack
11:34 pm Sunday
June 17, 2007
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OK, the first one was right and the rest all sounded correct. I'd make a suggestion though. Start it from the open "E" instead of the 12th fret. Reason is, it'll help you move around the open strings and also make a smooth flow when you move on to the lydian out of the "F" position.

As you're doing these, also keep in mind that you have to constantly move back through the mode patterns you've already been practicing so they'll be burnt into the back of your mind and the mechanics can be trained as second nature to achieve specific feels without over thinking.

Another thing to remember, you don't truly know a scale until you can play it and it no longer sounds like a scale. Meaning it sounds more musical than mechanical. Same thing holds true for modes.

Good Job!
User Imagejeremy
11:40 pm Sunday
July 1, 2007
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I'm back from vacation... so... can you explain what you mean by "start it from the open "E" instead of the 12th fret"? I mean, I understand what you mean but I'm not quite sure how you'd lay it out. Like, maybe just bust a quick PTAB with the first couple inversions so that I can see where you're goin' with it.
User ImageBillyJack
11:55 pm Sunday
July 1, 2007
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Check the Phrygian Pattern on the disc. It's started in open "E".
User Imagejeremy
1:31 am Monday
July 2, 2007
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I'll check that out when I'm at home tomorrow.
User Imagejeremy
6:47 pm Monday
July 2, 2007
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Dude, I checked it out before I came back to work. I get it. You just play that first inversion in the open position. And it makes sense now to do it that way.
User ImageBillyJack
7:19 pm Monday
July 2, 2007
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Yeah, taking it from open to 12th is an easy enough transition. Practicing 12th and then having to play open can be a bear. It can throw you off not having to address the string with your left hand. That's why I say it's a good idea to practice the opens.
User Imagejeremy
8:33 pm Monday
July 2, 2007
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Word. I know what that's all about. The open strings trip me up sometimes when I'm flying.

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