Writing Modal Progressions

Ok here it is as promised. Today we are going to study how to write modal progressions that you can record and improvise over or just use as the basis for a composition.

The next lesson will once again be a video lesson describing how to apply these modal progression studies to the guitar.

I really encourage you to try and experiment writing as many modal progressions as you can, trying to be as creative with it as possible. Then, you will quickly make all of this material part of the way you naturally create on the guitar.

Here is the PDF tutorial for writing modal progressions.

Writing Modal Progressions Tutorial PDF

Try to just adsorb all this theory and I will see you tomorrow with a video lesson that will apply this modal progression theory to the guitar.

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  1. acosebede on February 16, 2010 at 4:02 am

    awesome stuff

  2. Glenn on March 5, 2010 at 3:07 am

    No video?

    • Carl Brown on March 5, 2010 at 11:25 am

      Hey Glenn, the video for this lesson is on the advanced lesson archive page under the chord section. It’s called “Modal Progressions On The Guitar”. Hopefully Youtube will get there act together today and get these video embeds working again. Cheers!! 🙂

  3. CB on March 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

    That was a good lesson, I found it really useful, I had been wondering what to do with slash chords and how to make a proper modal progression for a while and this explained it.

    • Carl Brown on March 28, 2010 at 11:36 am

      Great CB, I’ve got a lot more stuff coming so I hope you stick around!! 😀

  4. John Andreadis on March 7, 2011 at 5:29 am


  5. frank on February 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I was wondering if u r goin to teach how to read sheet music for the guitar. Also, I can read music for a trumpet and sax, and was wondering if its differant in any ways?

    • Carl Brown on February 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Hey Frank, I guess it would depend on the amount of interest I hear from people about learning to read sheet music. Unfortunately, most guitarists these days don’t seem to be very interested in learning how to properly read sheet music, so I am not sure if it would be worth the time and effort it would require for me to tackle such a large subject. I hope so though because I think it is invaluable. 🙂

  6. boros on December 12, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Many thanks to You Carl, I have played the guitar for over 10 years now, and actually got stuck at one point some years back. I simply coundnt find anybody to give me the proper basic theory until NOW. You have opened the box of my mind, I finally understand what I play. I do what I want, not the other way around !!!
    All in all, great job youre doing here !!!

  7. woody on February 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    This was absolutely one of the best lessons on Modal Theory that i’ve ever come across, thanks!

  8. km lentin on December 30, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Hi tried to register to download PDF on modes but message said incorrect username ?

    • Carl Brown on December 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Hey there, you actually shouldn’t have to register to download the PDF.

      Have you tried just right clicking the PDF link?

      Carl… 🙂

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