I have been playing and improvising quite happily for many years on a few different instruments but can't seem to get my head around incorporating modes into my day-to-day playing. I am from a blues / rock background and have got rather tired of widdling around the same old pentatonics and blues scales all the time and would like to get in on some of that 'jazz sound' all the cool kids seem to be doing these days
I understand the concept and construction of the different modes from a technical point of view, but I just can't seem to get my head around exactly how to use them mid-solo. On the rare occasion I manage to get something going during practice, it sounds very contrived and more like an exercise than musical expression.
Any hints, tips, exercises whatever would be much appreciated. My two main instruments are piano and guitar so any specifics for those would also be most welcome.