Howdy. I'm finally picking things back up after a little time off. Funny how you forget stuff faster that it takes to learn it. Ok, so my question has to do with scales and modes, and how you think about these as you practice and play. I read one of the sticky posts about practicing scales, and it seems to make sense (thanks pacman!). I think that I have been very limited by learning the shapes of the scales, but not really worrying about the notes of the scales. I can play the scales in their little 1 to 8 patterns easily, but when I am playing in a band situation, it's like "yipe!" Which scale for which chord in which key, argh... You see, I usually play at church where nobody knows how to read music and nobody plans the songs out before the service. We just wing it, and many of the times I am not familiar with the tune. I just have lyrics and chords to work from. This wouldn't be a problem if I could get it all straight in my head. I guess I should be focusing on learning the notes of the scale and fingerboard familiarity. So, when you are playing in the key of C, and you are playing over an Em, are you think of playing over the E Phrygian or playing C major scale starting with E? I know that sounds like a simple question, but I want to make sure I am not hurting myself by taking "short cuts." This is alot of stuff to remember!