The mode thing is great ... its really easy..(if you dont know already)..each note in the major scale is a mode. There are 7 notes in a major scale, the 8th note is the same as the first note just an octave higher. We will number each note in the major scale 1 through 7. Each note can be used as a starting point in the scale. That will be a different mode. Here are the names. Next to there corrisponding number in the major scale. 1. Ionian 2. Dorian 3. Phrygian 4. lydian 5. mixolydian 6. aeolian 7. Locrian Each mode or MOOD has a different feel. How it works is, say you are playing a song in A minor, you want to play a great minor scale, Dorian is a great mode , Santana Etc etc..so what you do is figure out wich major scale has the note A as its second note. That would be the G major scale..so you play the G major scale emphasisng the A note, what you get is A dorian... It works for every key.. so, you are playing in the key of G and Say you want to play G Phyrigian...all you have to do is find what major scale has G as the 3RD note, play that major scale emphasising the G note... It will be G phrygian..so on and so forth, where you start and end on a major scale gives you the modes...pretty cool...I personally Love Dorian and Lydian... Also, whats important in playing modes is figuring out wich Mode Is minor and wich mode is Major..so remember that each mode has a number in the major scale..1 through 7.. The 1, 4 and 5, are Major scales, the 2,3,6 are minor and 7 is diminished. Hope this opens up a great new world for your solos!!!