Exam ple 8 mixolydian legato
Like all the examples in our feature, this one is in D Mixolydian (D E F# G A B C). It starts out with a simple sequence, which moves between the first and second strings – with three notes per string. As is often the case, Allen is only picking the first note of each three-note grouping, using pull- offs to execute the following two notes - essentially only picking every time he arrives at another string. In the second bar, we move down the scale, breaking the sequence but maintaining the principle of using hammer- ons and pull- offs for every note but the first of each string change. Notice how the line ends on a D9 chord, which again solidifies the tonality (D Mixolydian). Bar three shows how you can isolate the sequence and simply race down the fretboard using that initial idea. The important thing to note here is that this basic sequence can of course be transferred to any scale, be it one of the modes, the pentatonics, the blues scale or whatever.