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).