Who Else Wants to Master Modes on Guitar?

I hope everyone is having a great Summer! 

By far, the most requested topic I have been asked to cover is scales, improvisation and how to master modes on guitar. 

I’m just now putting the finishing touches on a whole new course on those topics!

The course is almost ready, put your email below to be notified first when it opens!

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Scales and Modes on Guitar: The Most Requested Lesson

I want to thank everyone who provided feedback in our ongoing survey. As you can see in the chart below Modes (including scales) was the most requested lesson with more than a thousand votes in this survey:

Modes on Guitar
Results from Guitar Hacks’s ongoing “What lesson next?” survey

In the theory section of our survey, learning how to master modes on guitar got the most votes, followed by harmony and composition. Music theory, if approached in the right way, can open up a lot of new possibilities on the guitar.

There are some great topics to explore that fall under this category. Like the creative process, composition, how to stay motivated and tips for measuring progress.

I’m just now putting the finishing touches on this video lesson. So leave your email above and I will contact you when I’m ready to enroll the first batch of students.

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  1. Hello! Great I think it would really interested me. What is difficult for me is to choose the chords that will make my solo sound more like this or another mode. Its to make the link between chords and modes ! (Hope you’ll understand m’y Bad english :laughing:)
    Well I think whatever Kiko will do it will be really interesting ! looking forward to hear about it.

  2. This would be amazing, another tool that can expand knowledge to create songs or understand the covers we love to play to so we can improvise with the right mode/escale. They way Kiko explains is so clear and funny that is really motivating because you know you will actually learn. Thank you Kiko, looking forward for this new material!!

  3. Hi Giorgio, Great news about the new course!

    Here are some suggestions:

    1. include chords or chords progressions that the scales can be used with. This will allow the learner to immediately apply what they learn in a musical context. Scales and mode diagrams are everywhere online. The chords and chord progressions that they work with are harder to come by. For example, personally I know the Harmonic minor scale quite well but I have no clue what chords it will work with. I can’t even put together a chord progression to showcase the scale.

    2. Create a demo solo etude or some licks for each scale/ mode. Perhaps Kiko starts a solo with his phrasing to get us started then we finish it…thus applying what he taught us.

    3. Assign an end of course project. For example, Write a simple chord progression and solo for your favorite mode that you learned. The project enters you into a raffle. One lucky person wins a private 1 on 1 zoom coaching clinic with Kiko!:sunglasses: He listens to “you” play and then evaluates you. Guitar coach Kiko! Ex. Kiko says “Your legato is great but your alternate picking starts to lose synchronization…try this exercise to help…play slowly along with me.”

    4. A play along structure incorporating Kikos practice routine that we learned in Guitar Hacks 1. Kind of like a follow along exercise video complete with on screen timers etc. Round 1 slow tempo, Round 2 medium Round 3 fast.

    1.Fundamentals 10 min
    2. Pomodoro 5 min
    3. Out of the Box 10 min

    Just some ideas

    Merci Mille fois

  4. Avatar for kiko kiko says:

    Thanks!! Great ideas!! I will try to incorporate those in the course

  5. Hi

    I am interested in mode course. Especially if it does include :slight_smile:
    -applying modes in rhythm section
    -blending modes over a chord progression or over a static vamp

    Thank you

    Best regards

  6. I would like to see phrasing as well, and maybe tone tips from apps and amps and how to tie in leads from a melody to a overall song. For example, where to put in a lead, when not to, should the song even have a lead? etc.

  7. Great news. I look forward to some guitar theory with Kiko. A suggestion: considering a lot of folks are dealing with financial hardship due to covid19, if possible it would be great to see a reasonably friendly co$t for the course. Moreover it looks like students join from around the world and not everyone has the purchasing power of someone living in the global north. Just a suggestion, it would be a nice gesture to consider it.

  8. I think those are some interesting concepts listed above. I suppose what I would like to learn is more about composing some for instance; using those scales and modes into making a pre chorus, pre solos or interlude around the idea of a particular rhythm sections or I suppose using bridges to tie in two different types of rhythm sections.

    In any event I am looking forward to the new course.

    Thank you Kiko and the crew,


  9. Hi All! I have said this many times before to my friends, but the greatest piece of music gear I ever possessed is my internet router. :slight_smile: How great it is to be learning music these days? When I started, the phone numbers of guys willing to teach were passed around on post-its, some even required a former student to vouch for you in order to exlcude the possibility of tax office guys ( :wink: ) and now we have A-list guitar stars “sitting in our rooms”, teching us for free. There’s really no excuse left! :slight_smile:

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