Rock Solo Using The Mixolydian Mode

The Mixolydian Mode is a Major Scale that differs by one note, a flattened 7th. Although it is only a one-note difference, the Mixolydian Mode has a completely different sound from the Major Scale, and is often favoured by Blues guitarists. Having said that, the Mixolydian Mode works equally well in Rock and Jazz contexts, making it a very versatile mode. Such guitarists as Robben Ford, Jeff Beck, and Eric Johnson all use it.

This week’s solo has a hint of The Black Crowes about it. The solo itself is pretty straightforward. There is Bluesy phrasing plus some Chromatic passing notes for added colour. The main trouble spot is probably bar 20, where I’ve included a descending G#m7b5 arpeggio which uses Sweep Picking.

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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Rock Solo Using The Mixolydian Mode

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