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Time/size: 4 mins 15 secs/6.0mb. 90 beats per minute/bpm
Hip Hop jam track: Nova Bling is a 2 bar progression vamp in G with a big sound.
Backing track instruments: electric guitar 1, electric guitar 2, fretless bass and drums.
Progression: G Major.
Suggestions: Both the G Blues Scale and G Mixolydian Mode sound good over this track.
Nova Bling Chords and Progression
There's only 1 chord being played on Nova Bling, it's a G5 chord played at the 3rd fret.
The chord on the jam track is being played with my thumb over the neck, fretting the G at the 3rd fret of the 6th (low E) string. The 5th (A) string is being muted by the tip of my thumb resting lightly on the string.
The 4th (D) and 3rd (G) strings are played as open strings. The open D string is the 5th note of the G 5 chord and the G string is the Root Octave relative to the G played with your thumb over the neck.
To play the D on the 2nd (B) string and the G on the 1st (high E) string, fret both the 2nd and 1st strings with your index finger. You are making a mini barre with your index finger using it in this way.
This leaves your middle, ring and little finger open so you can use these fingers to mute the chord from playing. This gives you some flexibility with the rhythm that you play when vamping on the chord. If you just let it ring out continuously, it'd sound a bit average!
Nova Bling 2nd Guitar Part
There is a 2nd guitar part playing which is playing single notes on the 4th string. The notes being played are the Root note G and the b7th (flat 7th) F. There is a slight wah wah effect on this guitar. The notes being played are shown below:
Nova Bling Scale Suggestions
With the G5 chord being played as well as the 2nd rhythm guitar part adding the b7th, we could say that the chord used is a G7 (G Dominant 7th chord). This makes both the G Blues Scale and G Mixolydian Mode great choices to jam with over the track.
1. G Blues Scale - 15th Position - Two Octaves
If we number the 7 notes of the G Major scale (G, A, B, C, D, E, F#): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 then the note of the G Blues Scale (G, Bb, C, Db, D, F) are numbered: 1, b3 (flat third), 4, b5 (flat five), b7 (flat seven).
i.e.: The notes: 1, 3, 4, b5, 5, b7 is any blues scale numbered relative to the Major scale.
Playing notes from the G Blues scale don't make the track sound too bluesy. This is due to the rhythm guitar sound and feel of the tune. But these notes do fit well over the G5/G7 chord.
2. G Mixolydian Mode - 14th Position - Two Octaves
The G Mixolydian Mode gives a very different sound to the G Blues scale. It's almost a futuristic-type of sound or a world sound. If you own a turtle-neck sweater and hang out with people you call cats, you could call it a jazz sound.
Let's compare the notes from the G Mixolydian mode to both the G Major scale and G blues scale:
G Major Scale: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (you don't even need to know how to count to 10)!
The G blues scale totally omits the 2nd and 6th notes of the Major scale. It also flattens the 3rd and 7th of the G Major scale and adds the b5th.
The G Mixolydian mode however, only has one note different to the G Major scale: the 7th which is flattened in the G Mixolydian mode. Although there is only 1 note different between the two scales/modes, they sound is amazingly different.
Here's the guitar tab for G Mixolydian mode. Play both the G Blues scale and G Mixolydian mode over the jam track. Compare the differences in position and note choice that you are playing on the fretboard and especially the difference in sound that distinguish the two scales.
Make sure you don't play the scales up and down. You don't want your playing to suck! Move the notes around - skip notes, skip strings, hold notes for a bar or more, play as many notes as you can over 1 beat.
Get busy improvising and make up your own guitar solo that compliments the vibe of the tune.
Nova Bling Bass Tab
The bass line to Nova Bling is very simple. It starts on the Root note G on the 3rd fret of the E string and then plays the 5th note of the G Major scale, D, before playing the Octave G on the 5th fret of the D string. Then it returns via the 5th back to the Root note on the E string.
See what type of bass line you can come up with using the G Mixolydian mode which the bass tab is shown below.
The notes at the end of the bass tab on the 1st and 3rd fret are the b7th and Root note G. The b7th sounds pretty good playing with the G5/G7 chord that the rhythm guitar is playing. Use the b7th as your starting point and add other notes from the G Mixolydian mode.
Nova Bling Drum Chart
Lay down a big fat groove on the drum backing track for Nova Bling.
Webpage: Nova Bling Drum Chart
Download: Nova Bling Drum Chart