The Melody-Chord-Scale-Mode Connection

Okay, here is a simple tip based on theory that can actually help you play better.
Once again, there is a bit of work involved but the reward is
well worth it, and will bring closer to guitar mastery. 
Music is based on patterns, relationships, and forms such as scales, intervals and chords.
It helps tremendously to analyze these elements during your studies.
The reasoning is simple: if you understand the workings of any element, 
then you will be apply that element in other useful musical contexts. 
For example: you probably already know that on guitar (due to its design 
and fingerboard layout), one can learn a chord fingering (shape) and then easily transpose 
it into other root keys by simply moving this entire shape to another fret position.
This can be done with a melodic pattern, scale, or mode 
and is one of the best instrumental capabilities of the guitar.
So take full advantage of it and you will go far!    
Now, let's advance our theoretical thinking a bit. 
Question: How many of you realize that the note based musical elements 
you play contain three other musical relationships. 
For example: you learn a G Major Chord from a friend, chord book, tab, or other source. 
Now, where does it go?
In other words, where does it fit in terms of the overall musical picture? 
Knowing this chord fingering does much less good if you don't also understand where 
and how to move it in ways to create useful musical phrases. 
Without knowing what other things can fit with this chord, it is like knowing 
a word, but being unable to use it constructively in a sentence. 
That chord (or word) needs a context so that it makes sense. 
Wouldn't it be better and far more useful to learn a chord, melody, scale, or mode in 
contexts where you can actually create cool musical ideas from it. 
Here is some food for thought: realize that any of these elements... 
melodies, chords, scales, and modes all share relationships that connect them to one another. 
You can use this principle to expand any existing musical line or element into another. 
It also becomes easy to take things further and form your own creative new ideas based 
on any element by using this principle. Understanding that analyzing elemental relationships 
is important because they can be used to easily multiply your musical knowledge.
An aspiring guitarist can speed development tremendously and save much 
study time by using a "whole-brain" approach to music.
Try to apply this type of thinking to the instrument as well. 
Increasing your knowledge, creativity and ability using a "whole-brain" approach  
is the basis for the M.A.M.I. Scale Atlas.
It is an outstanding guide for studying musical relationships on the guitar easily.
 Regardless of your system however, the most important lesson out of all of this 
is to remember that melodies, chords, scales, and modes are all related. 
You'll not only become a better musician, but you'll do it much faster if you study 
using a "whole-brain" approach to learning both music and your instrument.

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