Diminished Arpeggio in a Mixolydian World

by David Wallimann

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  • In today's lesson, we'll learn how to use a diminished arpeggio in a Mixolydian context. If you take a look at a Dominant 7th chord, you'll notice that it is built over the following notes:
    Root-Major 3rd-5th and minor 7th.

    Playing the Major 3rd-5th and minor 7th is as we started a diminished arpeggio. Try it! You'll see! If you continue that diminished arpeggio, you'll find that the only note that is not in the Mixolydian mode is the minor 2nd. In other words, if you start a diminished arpeggio from the minor 2nd in a Mixolydian context, you'll have a very interesting tool to sound slightly of.

    This lesson will take you through the following keys:

    A Mixolydian
    F# Mixolydian
    B Mixolydian

    Work through the examples slowly, and make sure to experiment with your own licks.

    Have fun!

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