“Two Tickets to Paradise” by Eddie Money is a great example of using guitar modes. The song uses notes and chords from the D major scale, but with the fifth, A, functioning as the tonic. When the fifth degree of a major scale is the tonal center of a piece of music, it produces Mixolydian mode.
The chord progression is G-A which is IV-V (4-5) in D. Because the V chord, A, is the tonic, you can renumber it “I” and then call G “bVII” (b7). So, thinking in the “key of A” we would number this chord progression bVII-I.
There are two guitars that play the melodic riff that is the signature hook in this song. The scale used is A Mixolydian mode (a.k.a. A dominant scale), which is really just the notes of D major beginning on the fifth, A. Gtr. 1 starts on the fifth of A, E, and Gtr. 2 starts on the third of A, C#. C# and E are separated by three scale degrees (C#-D-E, one-two-three) and the two guitar lines maintain this interval separation throughout the riff, so this harmony part is considered playing in thirds.
The lead guitar solo, which starts around the 1:44 mark, is almost entirely A major pentatonic.
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