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Mr. Beefy’s Blues
By Brian Emmel

Blues Bass Lesson using the Mixolydian and Dorian Modes

In this bass lesson I will show you what scales and modes work over Dominant-Seven chords in a Blues style arrangement.

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Mixolydian Mode Blues

The Mixolydian mode is the mode or scale that comes from the 5th degree of a major scale and is the mother-mode from which Dominant-Seven chords come from.

Example: D Major scale: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#

Mixolydian mode: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G

When you take the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes from this mode, you will have the composition of an A7 or A Dominant-Seven chord.


A, D & E Mixolydian Modes
in the Open & 1st Position

A Mixolydian Mode

D Mixolydian Mode

E Mixolydian Mode

Mr Beefy's Blues - Mixolydian


Dorian Mode Blues

I will also demonstrate that by playing the Dorian mode, which is the 2nd degree of a major scale, played over Dominant-Seven chords, produce a Bluesy affect.

Example: Key of A Blues

Play A Dorian, 2nd degree in the key of G major over all 3 Dominant chords: A7, D7, and E7.

A Dorian mode: A,B, C, D, E, F#, G

A, D & E Dorian Modes
in the Open & 1st Position

A Dorian

D Dorian

E Dorian

Mr Beefy's Blues - Dorian

About Brian Emmel

Brian EmmelBrian has been teaching bass privately since 1991 and has dedicated his career to music education.

Brian graduated from the Musician's Institute and studied under such influential bassists as:Jeff Berlin,Gary Willis,Tim Bogert,and Steve Bailey.Since,

Brian has published multiple books and DVD’s for Hal Leonard Publishing as well as conducting Clinics to promote his highly acclaimed teaching methods. Brian has been a columnist for various bass and music periodicals and received raved reviews in Bass Player Magazine for his published works.

Brian also plays professionally for various Artists in Nashville and L.A. and is a songwriter and producer.Brian Also provided the Bass tracks for Bart Walsh's Classic Rock Medley.

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