Chord notes vs. scales/modes

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Harper, Sep 29, 2002.

  1. Harper


    Nov 10, 2001
    Can someone explain this for me in "laymans" terms? I'm assuming that if one was to "practice chord tones" over (for example) a G7 chord that they would work with the notes G, B, D and F. Am I on the right track?

    Sounds too simple. :)

  2. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Yup, you are on the right track.
  3. Harper


    Nov 10, 2001
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    "Chord notes vs. scales/modes"

    Taken to their extremes - they are interchangeable.

    So any chord can have "extensions" - add enough of these and you have a complete scale.

    You just have two approaches : either you are playing the upper extensions of chords or you can views these same notes as part of a scale.

    You have to decide which approach suits you - so some people find that if they view everything as scales/modes it helps them choose notes that flow more smoothly, rather than jumping about from chord to chord.

    So quite often you can find that the chord changes, but you can apply the same scale.

    It's a huge subject and as I always say : a lifetime's study! ;)
  5. Recently, when I'm playing a song, I'll think of the chord and a scale, usually one of the modes from the key the song is in. I've found this works well for me, is this a common way of doing things?