Mixolydian b6 Ex 1 This example immediately touches on the two key colours, the b6 (C) and the major 3rd (G#). Use your fourth finger to fret the B (9th fret, fourth string). The ascending run primarily uses a three-notes-per-string pattern, ending on a tension release moment, as you play the b6th (13th fret, first string) – the tension – following by the perfect 5th (12th fret, same string) – the release. Mixolydian b6 Ex 2 This example consists entirely of octaves played with your thumb. Use fretting hand muting to prevent unwanted notes from ringing. We are playing with tension and release here; the F note (b6th) and the Dm/A chord providing the tension and the E note (5th) and C# (the 3rd) providing the release. Mixolydian b6 Ex 3 The progression instantly sets the mood of Mixolydian b6, by way of the A and G13/A chords. The notes inherent in those two chords alone will cover all the notes of the Mixolydian b6 scale. We start by creating a pentatonic version of Mixolydian b6, taking five intervals of the scale (1, 2, 3, 5 and b6) and moving this ‘box’ up through three octaves. For the high G on the first string (15th fret), use your fourth finger and remain in the 10th position. Notice how the second half features a run of diatonic triads - Faug, Em, Dm, C#dim and B dim arpeggios. To finish, we are back in the E shape, working with tension and release around the 5th and b6th intervals and resolving on the final E (5th).