Ok, let me start out by saying I know far less about theory than I'd like to, and I'm just trying to get the whole concept of modes down right now, so please forgive any mistakes I may say. So I'm wondering about the usage of modes when soloing. Using the key of C major as an example (as everybody does), is it correct in assuming that all the modal intervals are useful when soloing over a key? Jazzbo has written out that he views modes in this manner: Ionian: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Dorian: 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 8 Phrygian: 1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 8 Lydian: 1 2 3 #4 5 6 7 8 Mixolydian: 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 8 Aeolian: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 8 Locrian: 1 b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7 8 This way they are seen as individual scales that can be used apart from their parent scales. This seems to make more sense to me than just using the modes specific to the parent scale, because when you're using a key of C major, you'd basically just be making the same major scale pattern but with a different key center, which doesn't sound too interesting. So would using any these patterns for soloing over a key fit, or are there specific ones that work better? Or is it that you need to work with the chords being played rather than just the key because the modal intervals are really chord specific? Again, sorry for my ignorance, and if anything's not clear, I'll post again to specify what I meant. Thanks!