I'm working through The Advancing Guitarist and the first chapter on single string playing. Anyway, I think that I understand the term modal vamp, but I wanted to make sure that I understand the concept (and yes I worked through the examples that he gives-VERY SLOWLY AS MY MUSIC READING SKILLS ARE SORELY LACKING). Anyway, here is what I got out of the material: 1. The purpose of a modal vamp is to create a static (or nearly static) harmony over which one can play the various modes. 2. The modal vamp does not "resolve" like a I IV V progression would resolve. 3. A modal vamp can contain a number of different chords (subject to point # 2). 4. A simple vamp can be created using a chord built off of the tonic of the relevant mode (built by stacking third intervals using the notes of the relevant tonic). 5. Another vamp can be created with slash chords using the IV and V of the parent scale. Here are my questions: 1. Assuming that I am using the tonic chord from the relevant mode, can I also use chords built off of the other notes in the mode? If so, are there notes in the mode that I should avoid ? 2. Am I trying to avoid chords that tend to resolve to the I of the parent major scale? It seems like I would not want to avoid a resolution to the I of the relevant mode. Thanks for any help on this. Oh, and if you do not already have it, you should go out and buy the "Advancing Guitarist."