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Christmas Guitar Tabs & Chords

Christmas Guitar TABs, notation, chords and lyrics – all in one book! Give your own recital or use the arrangements to accompany a singer or choir. Play sample pieces below.

• Christmas guitar TABS

• Printable sheet music download

• Fingerstyle arrangements for beginner and intermediate players.

• Notation, Chords & Lyrics are all included.

• 14 famous Christmas songs. Continue reading

Phrygian Scale Guitar

The Phrygian modal scale is based on the third degree of the major scale. (To see how modal scales are formed, see this post: Guitar Modes)

The Phrygian mode, whilst not as commonly used in improvisation as the Dorian and Mixolydian modes, nevertheless has its own distinctive sound, and is gaining popularity particularly in rock guitar soloing.

Phrygian Scale Guitar Diagram

phrygian mode guitar diagram

2 Octave Phrygian Scale Guitar Diagram

The above diagram shows perhaps the most commonly used way of playing a Phrygian modal scale on the guitar.

E Phrygian Scale

To play an E phrygian scale, play the above shape at the twelfth fret. See below for tab and notation.

Phrygian Scale Tab

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E Phrygian scale Tab

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Improvisation With The Mixolydian Scale

Improvisation With The Mixolydian Scale

This is a guitar lesson on improvisation with the Mixolydian scale. It includes an example solo and backing tracks that you can play along with.

Improvisation With The Mixolydian Scale: Introduction

The Mixolydian scale is a modal scale. It is formed from a major scale, starting and ending on the fifth degree.

Many traditional folk melodies are written with the Mixolydian scale. It occurs frequently in Celtic music.

Modal scales are also often used in jazz improvisation. One particular use of the Mixolydian scale is for soloing over dominant seventh chords.

If you find yourself improvising over a 2 5 1 progression, you can use the Mixolydian scale to solo over the 5 chord.

How To Play The Mixolydian Scale On Guitar

One way of playing a Mixolydian scale is shown below. It is a movable shape. Position the green notes over the desired tonic note of the scale. (E.g. start at the 3rd fret to play a G Mixolydian scale.)

G Mixolydian Guitar Diagram

Mixolydian Guitar Scale Shape

Mixolydian Guitar Scale Shape

Mixolydian Scale TAB & Notation

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G Mixolydian Scale Guitar Tab & Notation

Mixolydian Scale Theory Tip

One way of thinking about the Mixolydian modal scale is that it’s the same as a major scale with the seventh degree flattened.

Notes in a C Major scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C

Notes in a C Mixolydian scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C

The flattened seventh note makes the Mixolydian scale a good choice for improvising over dominant seventh chords (e.g. G7 in a C major tune). This is because seventh chords also contain a flattened seventh note.

Example Improvisation Using The Mixolydian Scale

Below is an example of a guitar solo using the Mixolydian scale.

Example Guitar Solo Improvisation With G Mixolydian Scale

The guitar solo is played over this chord sequence:

Improvisation With The Mixolydian Scale Chord Sequence

Chord Sequence For Improvisation With Mixolydian Scale

Notes On This Solo

  • For the first two bars, the C major and C pentatonic major scales are used.
  • For the second two bars, the G Mixolydian scale is used.

You may have noticed that in fact the C major and G Mixolydian scales use the same notes. However, it’s the starting point of the phrases that give each scale its distinctive sound.

Mixolydian Mode Backing Track

Now it’s time to play your own solo using the Mixolydian scale.

Improvise over the same chord sequence:

chord sequence improvisation mixolydian guitar scale

Chord Sequence For Improvisation With Mixolydian Scale

  • Try to approach the C major and G Mixolydian parts of the solo separately. Think of the C major scale and the G Mixolydian scale as different scales.
  • You can also use a C pentatonic major scale anywhere in the progression for variation.
Backing Track For Improvisation With G Mixolydian Scale

Improvisation With The Mixolydian Scale Conclusion

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this lesson and that you’re now playing some great Mixolydian licks!

Now you know the scale in one position, you should learn to play it all over the neck. See this page for more Mixolydian scale shapes: Mixolydian Scale.

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Improvisation With Jazz Minor Scale

This is a guitar lesson on how to use the Jazz Minor Scale in improvisation. The jazz minor scale can be used to improvise over minor 6th (m6), minor/major 7th (m/M7) and other minor chords. It produces some unusual melodic flavours, as it contains both major 6th and major 7th tones, which are not found (both together) in the more commonly used minor scales such as the natural minor or harmonic minor scales.

For guitar scale diagrams, see this page: Jazz Minor Scale

Guitar Backing Track Play Along

Improvisation In C minor Using The Jazz Minor Scale.

Practise improvising using the C jazz minor scale with the chords below.

Use the C jazz minor scale, which contains the following notes: C, D, Eb, F, G, A, B, C, to improvise over the Cm6 and Cm/Maj6 chords, and use a C blues scale to improvise over all the other chords.

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Practise improvising with a jazz minor scale over this sequence using the backing track.

Backing Track For Improvisation With A Jazz Minor Scale

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Harmonic Minor Scale Guitar

The harmonic minor scale is one of several minor guitar scales that can be used in improvisation. The harmonic minor scale is so named because, particularly in baroque and classical times, it was this scale, rather than (for example) a natural minor or melodic minor scale, which would have been used to harmonise music in a minor key. Continue reading