Rescentley I received an email from my bass teacher explaining how its best not to memorize patterns when learning the modes but rather to try and memorize notes. Basically to look at the fretboard as a pool of notes to choose from. Now I understand that this will help in unlocking the full potential of the fretboard alowing freedom to play anything anywhere. My question is...... is it really possible to do? It seems like it would take me a life time to memorize the notes to each mode in all 12 keys, thats like 84 combinations of notes! Any tips on how to start being able to do this? Id like to play music before Im like 90.