Continuing the modal backing track series this weeks post includes a Pop-Rock backing track in G Mixolydian. The mode of Mixolydian is the 5th mode of the major scale.
Here is the backing track (any youtube likes and subscriptions would be appreciated!):
The root major scale that this mode is constructed from is C major; C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. Starting from the fifth note of this scale which is G and running through to the scale one octave gives us G, A, B. C, D, E, F, G.
The scale spelling for Mixolydian is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7. Mixolydian differs in spelling to G major by just one note, the b7. This b7 is note that gives Mixolydian its characteristic sound. The scale also outlines a dominant 7 chord, G7 in this case, which makes it very useful for blues playing.
Here are two scale shapes with the modes root on the E and A strings:
To write your own progression in G Mixolydian the basic triad chords would be G, Am, Bdim, C, Dm, Em, F and for those who what to spice it up the respective 7th chords would be G7, Am7, Bm7b5, Cmaj7, Dm7, Em7, Fmaj7.
If you are still practicing you basic major and minor shape the scales to use would be C major and A natural minor (and their respective pentatonics) and E minor pentatonic. Next month I’ll tackle the beautiful Lydian and Phrygian modes. If you have any questions leave a comment below and follow for more!