Beginning Soloing: Mixolydian
• Bluesy/Funky Feel
• Hum It, Then Play It
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• Backing tracks in 4 different modes
• TAB/Score of licks and concepts presented
• Mixolydian Mode (or the "Dominant Scale"), is the same as the major scale, but with a flat 7.
• There is only one dominant 7 chord in the diatonic series, which makes it rather unique. Despite this, I7 - IV7 chord progressions are very common in blues and rock.
• Another unique thing about dom 7 chords is that they have a tritone in them. (A tritone = 3 whole steps = b5 interval.) Tritones are quite dissonant and give dom 7th chords a somewhat jarring quality.
• The backing track is in the key of G and I play a I7 - IV7 vamp (G7 - C7). I add a Sus4 to both chords briefly for interest.
• We'll start super easy; by humming just one note!
• You can play a lot of different things over a dom 7 chord, perhaps because of the built-in dissonance of the triton in the chord. So, you can play both Maj and Min pentatonic scales!
• Because this is not a diatonic progression, you can not use a single 7-note scale over both chords. But, you can play G Mixo over the G7 and C Mixo over the C7.
• I find it easier to think of the above 2-scale solution as just flatting the 3rd of G Mixo when playing over C7. (This would then become G Dorian, which is the same notes as C Mixo.)
• Try making your own variations of these licks and lines.
• Try playing the lick up or down an octave.
• Try harmonizing melodic lines in 3rds or 6ths.
• Try playing it on different parts of the neck.