At some point everyone has heard the term “modes,” yet few know what they really are or what they can do for your playing. Modes were first used in ancient Greek music, and reappeared in Gregorian chant. After the end of chant, modes disappeared until the nineteenth century when they became popular again. A mode is just another kind of scale, but it lies hidden in the major scale we all know and love, yearning to break free. Now you can learn how to take modes off your “to do” list and put them into your playing.