November 13, 2021 – Live Lesson: Scales & Modes Explained (Part 1)

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    Live Stream: Saturday, November 13th at 12:00pm EST (check your local time zone)


    Hey guys, we are back with Live Lesson EP036! This month’s topic is: Scales & Modes Explained (Part 1).

    Over the next two sessions, you’ll learn how scales and modes interact with each other. This month, we’ll look at relative modes. Which is a great starting point for learning how to solo up and down the neck.

    This month’s topic should stir up some great questions! So please post all you have below and I hope you guys join us for the live stream. 🙂



    Q: What happens in a live lesson, how long is it, and when does it occur?

    A: Live lessons are usually 30-45 minutes in length, but can extend until all questions are answered. The first 20 minutes will comprise of the lesson, while the next 10-25 minutes will be a Q&A session for premium members.

    Live lessons take place every second Saturday of the month at 12:00pm EST (check your local time zone).

    Q: Can I submit questions beforehand?

    A: Absolutely! Basic and premium members are welcome to post questions that are related to the topic in THIS thread.

    Q: Who can watch the live stream, how do I watch it, and how do I chat with Matt and other members?

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    To watch the live stream, simply navigate to the Live Lessons Page. You will see a YouTube video embedded on the page (if you don’t see it, double check that you are logged in).

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    For further clarification, here is a video showing how to do the above (for desktop).

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    A: The live lesson will be released for everyone to view on Monday following the broadcast (third Monday of the month). If you cannot make the broadcast, no worries; you’ll still be able to watch the lesson. Don’t forget that you can submit questions for Matt to answer beforehand (see the above FAQ).


    Here is the PDF for Saturday’s live stream. 🙂

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    Ok.. wow, this lesson was awesome. I think I’ve had a bit of a breakthrough moment and wanted to clarify..

    At first I thought you had to choose a mode and play in that mode permanently during the solo.. this was always difficult on the Uke as there are only so many ‘E’s’ or ‘D’s’ so the solos sounded a little repetitive.

    But after this lesson I started playing first position D Dorian… then switched to first position C ilonian then moved up the neck started playing e Phrygian using 3/4 position and then changed to a minor pentatonic to go higher …

    So what I think I’ve realised is you can use the modes to basically create different sounds/emotions in the same solo .. and it’s ok to do this…

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