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    Default Using Aeolian or Dorian over A minor?

    Which of these two modes is the correct one to use over a static A Minor chord?

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    Before watching the video, I'd say: unless you are using a chord voicing that includes the 6th for some reason, either would work.

    After watching the video: I was right

    Santana must use the Dorian a bunch because it seemed like I was hearing hints of him when you were playing that mode.
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    Yes yes! I hinted at Santana just for giggles. Glad you noticed. He uses Dorian A LOT. It's a nice sound for sure.

    Also, the I minor chord to IV major chord is extremely common in several styles of music. Like Am to D7 for example. In those situations, you'd use Dorian.
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    Beautiful sounds using those modes, Robert - I can see that modes will be the next nut for me to crack after arpeggios...

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    Here’s one big mistake people often make. Yes, they learn an internalize the sound of a certain mode, but they are only able to noodle to a backing track. It’s crucial to also learn the chords of a mode and then try to compose something of your own that you can relate to that you understand and that can use in a composing context. This is where the magic begins - maybe not for aeolian as most guys know aeolian, Ionian and dorian, but the rest has some nice twists - just ask people like Sting...he knows about lydian verses very well..
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