Tech­nique Fo­cus

Build­ing se­quen­tial pat­terns

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Once you’ve got bet­ter ac­quainted with the Mixoly­dian, you might like to con­sider other ways to use this b7. ma­jor mode with a One way to gen­er­ate in­ter­est­ing sounds is to build se­quen­tial pat­terns like groups of three or four and hop­ping over every other note. Try these pat­terns (num­bers rep­re­sent the in­ter­vals): Groups of three; R-2-3 then 2-3-4 then 3-4-5 etc Groups of four; R-2-3-4 then 2-3-4-5 then 3-4-5-6 etc Hop­ping in 3rds; R-3-2-4-3-5-4-6 etc An­other fruit­ful op­tion is ex­plor­ing small arpeg­gio ideas. A Mixoly­dian gen­er­ates the chords of A, Bm, C#dim, D, Em, F#m, G. If you’re play­ing over an A7 chord try play­ing A (A-C#-E) and G (G-B-D) arpeg­gios (keep re­solv­ing back to A arpeg­gio notes so you sound con­nected to the A7 chord). A+G arpeg­gios fea­ture six of the mode’s seven notes (A-B-C#-D-E-G), cre­at­ing a very dif­fer­ent sound to just play­ing A Mixoly­dian as an up-down scale. Now try A+Bm, A+Em and A+D arpeg­gios; more six-note Mixoly­dian note col­lec­tions that sound great!

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