A friend of mine whose been playing jazz only for over 10 years told me learning scales and 'modes' were Biggest Mistake.
He could not believe that he spent hours for practicing modes and scales when he could developed his ears.
Now, he is trying to forget scales (harmonic minor, melodic minor, symmetrical diminished etc...) and modes (dorian, lydian etc...).
And he is trying to play everything by Ear ONLY.
He told me no matter what I do, if I'm thinking scale patterns or modes when I improvise,
I'm locking myself in Patterns...
Scale and mode is a easy way out to make my improv sounds like improv but he said it's Not ME!
I love Peter bernstein's music and I have a friend who took a lesson from him.
He said Peter Bernstein mentioned the same thing.
"Play by ear...NO Scales NO Modes"
I'm a little bit confused. I see scales and modes in books, recordings, transcriptions,,,everywhere.
What's your opinion?
I'd love to hear Kurt's opinion on this too!
Thanks! ; )