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Today we take a look at D Dorian, G Mixolydian and the G Mixolydian #4 (Lydian b7) mode.
I made a common chord progression to demonstrate this.
The D Dorian and G mixolydian Modes are both coming from the Natural C major Scale. D Dorian is the second mode and G Mixolydian is the 5th mode of C Major.
D Dorian looks like this:
D(root) E(2nd) F(minor 3rd) G(4th) A(5th) B(nat6) C(b7)
G Mixolydian looks like this:
G(root) A(2nd) B(major 3rd) C(4th) D(5th) E(nat6th) F(b7)
As you see all C Major notes are here. But when I play on top of this progression I DO NOT think of C major, I think like if I would have a NEW TONAL CENTER. So I'm thinking here D Minor but with a natural 6th (the note B).
This makes a whole difference because our progression here doesn't sound like we were playing in C major it sounds like MINOR!
Let's go a step further by using the D Melodic Minor scale!
D Melodic Minor looks like this:
D(root) E(2nd) F(minor 3rd) G(4th) A(5th) B(nat6) C#(major 7th)
As you see we have only have ONE difference, C becomes C# (or in other words, a major 7th)
Now, when we play the same scale but starting on the G, we get the Mixolydian #4 scale.
G Mixolydian #4 looks like this:
G(root) A(2nd) B(major 3rd) C#(#4) D(5th) E(nat6th) F(b7)
The cool thing about this Mixolydian #4 scale is that it works on all Dominant 7th chords, and in our example over G7/13.
So keep in mind, every time you see chords like G7, G7/9, G7b5, G7#4 or G7/13 our new scale works perfect here. And also in just normal blues progression! Isn't this great? :-D
But because of this strange sounding #4, you may need a little time to get familiar with it.
So here's the whole chord progression: A Part 0:00-0:38
||:Dm7/9 | % | G7/13 | % :|| 4x
This section as a small interlude that contains some small modulations: B Part0:39-0:55
|Bb/Eb | % | Gm7/9 | % |
|Bb/Eb | % | Gm7/9 | E7sus4/b59 A7/#5/#9 A7/13/b9 |
A Part 0:56-1:20
||:Dm7/9 | % | G7/13 | % :||
You'll find a lot of useful licks and melodies in my video that combine the three modes.
So have fun with it!
I tried to transcribe as close as possible. Specially in the Guitar Pro 5 you'll find all this little extras!
Cheers - Guido
Guitar: Music Man Luke II
Strings: D'Addario EXL 120
Recording Amp: Kemper Amp(Peavey 6505 Profile)
Amp(Only for Monitor): Peavey JSX Top with Marshall 2x12" V30
Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire PRO 24
Recording SW: Logic 9, several plugins
Standard tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E
Tempo: 110 BPM
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