Exam ple 9 mixing up the 3rds
This lick stays diatonic to D Mixolydian, except for the addition of the F natural, which is a common blues-tinged colour that you will often hear in a Mixolydian context. Initially starting on the 7th fret of the first string with a hammer- on and pull- off combination, the lick progresses to feature a handy opportunity to employ some sweep picking as you pick the three notes that move across the three top strings. Make sure you work this out really slowly at first, paying close attention to your time-keeping in particular, in order to not break the rhythmic flow. The lick then rolls down the scale, finishing on a tasty blues vibe, which features the minor 3rd (our F natural) and the major 3rd (F#) of D – and landing on the root (D) to finish.