Hi all. I'm a beginner still, but I think that I learned something that might help other beginners yesterday. I think that I figured out the key difference between the modes and the scales they're based on: 1. The scales focus on a set of notes with specific relationships to each other (patterns or intervals). 2. Modes focus on a set of notes in which having the correct notes is vital, not playing them in the same pattern or using the interval spacing that the scale specifies. I wrote an entry about this last night in my beginner's bass blog. If its helpful to anyone, here it is: I figured out the modes of the major scale Also, if I'm wrong about any of this, please let me know!