I'm immensely intrigued by the use of modes in jazz. Miles and Coltrane are the epitome of perfection. What about a rock bassist? Instead of the education factor (or the fact that modes are just flat out fun to thump out on bass!) how important are they in a student's education? I'm really into theory and reading and modes are the one thing that elude me. Incredibly frustrating and time consuming to try to nail within a song context on the fly but fun to practice. I'm caught in the modal quagmire! Please help!