Couple of weeks ago my teacher started to take me towards modes. Seemed straightforward, still does, until I get home and start trying to work stuff out. I get the intervals, notes in a key, 7ths and stuff, but how the hell does it all fit together? There must be a simple starting point. This’ll sound naive to a lot of you but, as an example. If I play G to G in a C Major scale, am I playing the 5th mode of C (because my ‘root’ note is the fifth note in the scale of C major), and would I play the notes over a C chord? I’m getting really screwed up about this and it’s beginning to detract from my playing enjoyment.