ExAMPlE5 fifth-string root mixoly­dian scale


For the next three is­sues, we’re look­ing at the Mixoly­dian scale. This is the fifth mode of the Ma­jor scale and is spelt out: root-2-3-4-56-b7. In fact the b7 is the only note that makes it sound dif­fer­ent to the Ma­jor scale (Root-2-34-5-6-7). Be­cause of the ma­jor 3rd and mi­nor 7th notes found in the Mixoly­dian scale, it is ideal to use as the ba­sis of licks and lines to im­ply a dom­i­nant sound, or to play over a dom­i­nant chord, (which, in its ba­sic form, is spelt: root-3-5-b7). Mixoly­dian can be a great ad­di­tion to more tra­di­tional ‘bluesy’ sounds by adding a scalic flavour to your play­ing that doesn’t sound overtly Pen­ta­tonic. This is an ascending and de­scend­ing G Mixoly­dian scale with the root note on the fifth string. Play­ing the G7 chord be­fore or af­ter you’ve played the scale should help you to hear the ‘dom­i­nant’ char­ac­ter­is­tics of the scale the ma­jor 3rd (B) and the b7th (F).

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