are you ready to ‘Mix It up’ and tackle our cover feature, all about the Mixolydian mode? Play any 7th chord then play its respective Mixolydian scale – G Mixolydian for G7, etc - and you’ll find that they’re the perfect fit. The matching Major 3rd and flattened 7th are what make it so ‘right’. But unlike some scales that seem only suited for certain things, the Mixolydian is great in any genre that uses dominant chords – 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, etc. Hence you’ll find it equally at home in blues, jazz, R&B, country, pop, soul, and all manner of styles. Jon Bishop has 10 brilliant examples of the Mixolydian in action, so nip to p14 and grab a whole new lickbag.
There are few people that don’t like The Beatles. What they achieved over such a short time is more than any band in history, probably. Some of their most-beloved tracks were powered by acoustic guitar; all three Beatle pickers played and wrote on acoustic, whether it’s Paul and songs like Yesterday and Blackbird, John with the lovely Julia, or George with Here Comes The Sun. These are the tunes we all know, but hidden gems include Paul’s I Will, John’s I’m Only Sleeping, and George’s Anthology version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Stuart ryan looks at these three individual legends’ markedly different acoustic styles and asserts that, yes, these boys weren’t half bad! It’s the last of Brett Garsed’s video masterclasses this month. Brett is a staggering player and, even if what he does is beyond you (it is me!), you’ll definitely learn a cool thing or two to add to your arsenal. It’s been an honour to have him in GT; so many thanks to Brett for his generosity, and to Jason Sidwell for writing and recording the great backing tracks. Enjoy the issue and I’ll see you again next month.
Neville Marten, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org