Grateful Dead Music Forum

A place to talk about the music of the Grateful Dead 

 #3923  by sarraqum
 Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:21 pm
I've been memorising the mixo scale for a while now but I am getting some concerns with my fingering. For example, the first scale in A starting on F#, to get to A on the bottom E string I strech my pinky and that works fine. But the first B scale is giving me trouble. On the bottom E string I use my index finger for F#, middle finger for G# and ring finger instinctively goes for A. Its a bit of a strech and not that comfortable. But using the pinky for A seems to be just as bad, is there a certain way or a technique that you guys know about?

 #3931  by strumminsix
 Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:31 pm
Why not just do it the same way you do a major but just flatten the 7th? Then when you hit the B string (stupid string not tuned in 4ths) just adjust slightly?
 #3939  by waldo041
 Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:32 pm
Last edited by waldo041 on Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:04 pm, edited 1 time in total.

 #3941  by sarraqum
 Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:51 pm
No no I do try to use the pinky but usually, and especially in the first B mixo scale my ring finger on G# gets in the way.

I like the strumminsix suggestion, going on F# on B. Its a lot easier

 #3942  by jahozer
 Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:02 pm
You can also start with your pinky and play the relative minor scale in the second position,
For example if you are playing B mixolydian, Start with your pinky on the B 7th fret of the E string and procede to the C#m scale. C# 4th fret A string, D# 6th fret A string, E 7th fret A string, F# 4th fret D string, G# 6th fret D string B 4th fret G string etc. etc.

 #5384  by sarraqum
 Sun May 07, 2006 2:12 pm
I am actually glad this post of mine has been brought back up, thank you whoever you are. I have another question, yet again regarding that damn mixolydian scale

This time its about arpeggios within the mixo scale, so here it goes....

As you may probably already know, arpeggios for A key are hidden within A mixolydian scale and can be found using the old 1,3,5 rule from chord theory. So there I was playing away the arpeggios in the A mixo scale when I suddenly realised I was playing and Em arpeggio E G B....hang on, I thought to myself, doesn't the A scale have E major in it? Shouldn't that be G# and not G?

Flatenned 7th perhaps? And if so, why is G present in mixo scale?