This is mainly a question for when I'm jamming with my drummer. A lot of times it's just the two of us, and when we start jamming I get stuck. Say I'm playing in the a major scale, well I'll be playing and I just get stuck in one mode (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian etc.). I'll pick a mode and start playing the notes from that particular pattern and it just ends up sounding like I'm playing a scale. And half the time, when the band is writing music, I won't even figure out what mode or scale fits what he's playing I'll just play and it turns in to a bassline. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm having trouble applying the whole scales and modes thing to my playing in a band setting, and when I'm jamming playing threw them sounds like I'm playing scales instead of basslines. So my question is about note relation in the modes. Are there any patterns? ie: play the 1 3 5 or play the 1 2 5 7 of the mode and you'll get a general kind of sound or vibe from the notes. I've played with some people and help write lines to their songs and in certain instances been told just play 7's and 9's or just play these notes from the pattern to keep the vibe. So anybody have any ideas as to what would help me?