I started reading Goodrick's "Advancing Guitarist: Applying Guitar Concepts and Techniques".
It's way too difficult for me but since the concept is mentioned in the first few pages I guess it's also fundamental.
I understand the concept of "mode" to more or less derive from that of "scale". And a vamp is probably an indication to let yourself experiment.
What do the two words together mean? Is it just to dwindle in a mode and then another?
If you need me to be more specific, I'll check the book when I get home
I believe a vamp is sort of like a chord motif: so playing a D major chord followed by an A major chord for two bars, repeated, would be a chord vamp, if i'm correct about that (and i could very well be wrong), a chord vamp is generally used for improv. So my guess would be that a modal vamp would be a set of chords used for modal soloing, but i'm no expert and can't tell you for sure. I'm thinking that it could also be a set of chords that are harmonized from a given mode.
I don't have the book here, but I guess he's talking about soloing without harmonising.
Or maybe you're right. I'll have to give you more context.
I'll have another go tonite.
'Vamp' is an old jazz piano term for a repeated bass line. In terms of modes, a vamp is a progression of 2-4 chords that repeats over and over... since harmonized modes don't have a V7-I resolution, it's difficult to create 'progressions' in the sense of movement/tension/resolution that you have in major or minor keys.
For instance, if you're playing in E Phrygian, your vamp might go Em-Am.
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Your answer is definitely helpful, but I need to check the book to clarify this.
Thanks a lot
Frank Gambale does a decent job of playing them in his 'Modes, no more mystery' dvd. He plays the IV & V chords from the major scale progression and adds the tonal-center root note (from the mode) on the low string. For instance, playing D Dorian, he'll play a vamp with the IV & V from C (F & G) and put a D note on top. Then he'll blow through them in D Dorian.
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I'm most likely wrong, but I always thought a vamp was a loop. Like you made a vamp out of a couple of chords, looped it, and worked a melody (or whatever) over it,.
Vai made that comment in a magazine interview, so I figured thats what it meant.
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I'm almost there. I'll post some conclusion (if I can soon).
In the meanwhile... check this link
Understanding Modes By Adam Levy
It has an example.
Thanks to all of you