We're working our way up! There are bigger gaps and more stretches here. Make these drills count so that you are dexterous and ready to go when the flood of musical backing tracks comes!
Taught by Michael Ripoll in Nomad's Modal Magic Show seriesLength: 8:07Difficulty: 2.5 of 5
Learn how to use modes in your playing with Nomad's simple 3 step process! Get the knowledge, apply the knowledge and start playing some sweet solos!
The modes may look and sound like magic, but once you have the tools to practice and apply them, they actually become quite approachable. Nomad demystifies the modes in this extensive and fun series. Learn...Length: 7:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Before getting too deep into the modal mysteries, Nomad lays down some groundwork. Before you can use the modes, you need to know the notes on the fretboard! Nomad offers up a simple drill to get everyone...Length: 6:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Add sharps and flats into the note learning drill. Take it slow, and take your time! Learning the notes on the fretboard will pay great dividends in all areas of your playing.Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Get the hands nice and warm before the scales come. When you're warmed up, you think less about the mechanics of playing and more about the notes and the music.Length: 11:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Take on this finger twisting warm up after trying "The Chomp". Add a few more warm ups of your own and then...on to the modes!Length: 6:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Further laying the groundwork for modal magic, Nomad introduces a way to practice position playing that includes going over the scale, the chord, and the arpeggio. When you're approaching an area of the...Length: 13:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Now that you've practiced your scales, chords, and arpeggios in open position, it's time to apply "SCA" down the entire fretboard in the key of C. This way of looking at the notes you play will open up...Length: 7:08 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Before you scale modal mountains, you need to know the patterns! Nomad takes you through basic modal terms and theory and then teaches each modal pattern from a 6th string root.Length: 16:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Now apply the "SCA" method you learned with the CAGED major scale patterns to the modal patterns from the last lesson. This is a great way to look at different areas of the neck in a modal context!Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
You can only sound so cool with the basic major and minor sounds. Nomad invites you to be just a little cooler by applying the "SCA" method and modal positions to major 7th chords and arpeggios!Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Now take the same concepts you've been practicing with the modal patterns based on the 6th string and apply them to patterns based on the 5th string. Oh, what fun!Length: 13:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Breaking out of box patterns is difficult for any guitarist at one point or another. Learning these two string modal runs will help you break out of the box and fly around the neck!Length: 14:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Nomad finishes demonstrating and explaining the two string runs on the lower two sets of strings. He offers advice on practicing and stresses the importance of naming your notes while you play!Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Take the two string runs and apply them in three octave sequences! This is another great way to break out of the box as well as familiarize yourself with the notes on the fretboard!Length: 9:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Nomad introduces this new, challenging exercise in which you take each mode in series and play its corresponding arpeggio in three octaves.Length: 7:10 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this next mini series of lessons, Nomad explains how to play the modal patterns in all of the diatonic intervals! In this lesson, we begin with 3rds.Length: 21:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The fingering of this sequence is tricky! Nomad presents the modal patterns played in diatonic 4th intervals.Length: 11:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
We're working our way up! There are bigger gaps and more stretches here. Make these drills count so that you are dexterous and ready to go when the flood of musical backing tracks comes!Length: 8:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The 6th interval is one of the most musical and sweet sounding note relationships to be played on the guitar. Combine the 6th with superb modal playing, and you'll come up with some amazing stuff! Get...Length: 8:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
This won't be fun, but it will be useful! The 7th interval is awkward and weird sounding at times, but work it into the rest of your playing, and you'll add some nice unresolved spice to your lines.Length: 8:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
This is the last lesson of its kind in this series...We promise! There are not as many notes in this exercise, but there are more awkward stretches and string skipping situations. Get this one down and...Length: 7:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
If you've made it this far, CONGRATULATIONS! You've graduated from the realm of modes in series to modes in parallel! Learn how the two universes are related and start digging into the musical nature of...Length: 13:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Continuing in the introduction to your new parallel universe, Nomad shows you the theory behind going from a basic major scale to the two most common minor modes.Length: 5:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Each mode has 'key tones' that give the mode its signature sound. Nomad continues to explore these notes in some of the stranger sounding modes.Length: 14:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Just like modes have unique scale tones that define their sound, they also have a chord harmony structure that defines them. When can you play a minor i chord and then go to a dominant IV chord?...when...Length: 18:20 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
This is where it all comes together! Commit the 3 simple steps shared in this lesson to memory and then practice applying them. You'll be well on your way to modal bliss in no time!Length: 4:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Ok! You've graduated into the realm of real modal understanding! Now it's time to play some real modal music. Cut your teeth on tracks from the first two modes of the major scale: Ionian and Dorian. See...Length: 13:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Nomad walks through the three 'magical' steps while working with a Phrygian track. Watch the b2!Length: 9:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Ahh, the ethereal and slightly spooky nature of Lydian... Move right along with Nomad's spoon feeding session with a track and examples for each mode. Pour in to these because after he works through...Length: 7:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Well, maybe their names sound similar, but their tonalities can sound quite different! Ladies and gentlemen...Let's hear it for Mixolydian! Get jazzy and groovy with this example.Length: 8:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
'Tis one of the most recognizable sounds in guitar history, but with your new found modal knowledge, you are better prepared than ever to tackle this track! Take what you will from Nomad, and then solo...Length: 6:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The uncommon and just plain strange sounding mode finishes off this segment of the series. You won't use it everyday, or even every month, but knowing how to apply it will round out your modal mystique...Length: 8:05 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
And now...YOU get to put all your modal knowledge to work in these last lessons! Nomad will play a track and jam over it, and YOU will get out your scribble pad and figure out what is going on modally....Length: 8:46 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Are you warmed up yet?...Good! You'll learn NOTHING about the track Nomad is to play over. Instead, you must listen and analyze as he plays. See if you can figure out all the modal twists by the time...Length: 5:07 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
They're getting trickier! Continue to test your own modal mind with this third example. See how many times it takes you to get it without listening to Nomad's explanation!Length: 7:36 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
This is the final test (but not the final lesson) in Nomad's Modal Magic Show! Figure it out and then make up your own modal jam to the provided backing track!Length: 6:18 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
About Michael Ripoll
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Michael "Nomad" Ripoll is a consummate professional in the music industry with a list of credits and accomplishments that span decades. Best known as a masterful guitar virtuoso who has played with a seemingly endless list of the most respected names in the music world, Michael has always strived to exceed the boundaries of a traditional musician’s career by proactively seeking and securing opportunities to excel in other facets of the industry.
While he remains an artist and singer-songwriter first, Michael also operates as the Musical Director for world renowned artist and friend Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, has launched an innovative online format for guitar instruction, and has even contributed to major motion picture film scores. Working with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Natalie Cole, the American Idol Tour, the Pussy Cat Dolls, India Arie, and countless others, Michael is regarded as one of the industry’s most sought after session players and touring musicians.
Michael earned the nickname "Nomad" after he started posting pictures and videos of his travels around the globe on his website and YouTube. Follow Nomad everywhere his guitar takes him here at JamPlay and at
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