Example 16th-note mixolydian ideas ...cont
[Bar 41 (A7 shape #5)] Much of the melodic activity here is based around a Gmaj7 arpeggio (G, B#, D, F#), which functions as a suspended version of the A7 chord, as the D note (5th of G maj7) is the 4th of A7. The feeling of tension is resolved in the final notes of bar 42 with the C# and A (3rd and root of A7). There are three chromatic idea: first, in beat 2 we see F natural as a chromatic bridge linking an F# and E; in beat 3 of the same bar, Bb is a link between A and B; and finally, in bar 42, F natural is used between the F# at the start of beat 2 and the E at the star of beat 3. Again, don’t let this be obscured by the D and C# notes on the fifth string that provide us with the opportunity to play a nifty chromatic succession of descending minor 3rd intervals.