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Don Mock's Modal Mojo

The No Mystery Approach to Modal Improvising

By Don Mock

The No Mystery Approach to Modal Improvising. Composed by Don Mock. Guitar Method or Supplement; Method/Instruction. Audio Workshop Series. Jazz. Book and CD. 84 pages. Alfred Music #53-31951. Published by Alfred Music (AP.53-31951).

Item Number: AP.53-31951

ISBN 0739057588. English.

Modal Mojo is an in-depth and complete lesson on modes for modern guitarists. With its 84-page book, and over eight hours of audio instruction, demonstration, and play-along tracks, this is truly one of the most complete studies of the modes available for players of any level. Mock includes etudes and rhythm examples for each mode as he takes you step-by-step through all 28 modal grooves. He demonstrates the use of arpeggios, sequences, intervals, chromatics, and optional scales to make your modal improvising more melodic and interesting. The book also features a special Resource Section, which illustrates the best scale patterns for the modes and important modal chord substitution concepts.

The 28 play-along grooves are performed live by guitarist Don Mock, bassist Steve Kim, and drummer Dave Coleman, and cover all the common and not-so-common Dominant 7th, Major and Minor modes. The tracks are creative real-world performances with dynamic and color changes, which can inspire new ideas from the practicing musician. The trio performs the grooves using contemporary jazz, Latin, fusion, and rock feels in various tempos and keys. Not only are the play-along grooves a valuable resource for developing improvisational skills, but also offer a wealth of ideas for rhythm and comping.

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  • April 27, 2011 Don Mock's Modal Mojo

    Excellent! Don Mock demystifies scale theory and the relative scale choices for aspiring guitarists. A consummate guitarist, Don is decidedly rooted in jazz but his approach to modal improvising is trans-genre. Wish I had his insights twenty years ago.

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