EXAMPLE 1A D MIXOLYDIAN 3RDS AND 4THS - POSITION 1
In our first example, we’ll take the ‘master exercise’ template that we’ve been using over the course of the series so far, and apply it to the D Mixolydian mode in position 1. Starting off with the associated D7 chord for reference, we’ll ascend and descend the scale and dominant 7 arpeggio forms before continuing on through the scale in 3rds. Break the exercise down by isolating the scale, arpeggio and intervallic pattern and repeat each slowly until memorised, before assembling the whole exercise. Once you are able to play through D MIXOLYDIAN the example 3rds cleanly, and 4ths with - good Position timing 1 and accuracy, turn on the
Ex 1a metronome and find a comfortable speed. With longer examples like this, you may experience a build-up of tension or fatigue, in which case stop and shake out the hands and arms until any feeling of discomfort has subsided. Use strict alternate picking throughout, starting on a downstroke. The whole exercise is written as eighth-notes, so try tapping your foot and accenting the downstrokes at the start of each beat. As the speed increases gradually over the weeks, you may wish to reinterpret the exercise as 16th-notes with the click, downstroke accent and foot reinforcing the beat every four notes.