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The Mighty G

   

mp3: The Mighty G Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: The Mighty G Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: The Mighty G Bass Jam Track
wma: The Mighty G Bass Jam Track

mp3: The Mighty G Drums Jam Track
wma: The Mighty G Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 39 secs/6.5mb. 86 beats per minute/bpm

Blues jam track: This is a blues jam track with a solid triplet feel.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass and drums.

Progression: G7, C7, G7, D7, (Db7), C7, G7, D7, C7, (Db7), Db7

Suggestions: Start off with the G blues scale also try the G Dorian and G Mixolydian modes.

The Mighty G Chords and Progression

The chords used in this progression are all dominant 7th chords. Dominant 7th chords are the most common chords used in blues progressions. They use the Root note, Major 3rd, 5th and flat 7th (b7 also called the dominant 7th) of each chord/scale relationship. This is in contrast to the minor 3rd note that is used in the G blues scale.

Over the G7 chord which has a Major 3rd, when playing the G Blues scale you are using a minor 3rd. This note is one of the elements that give the blues scale its unique sound over a blues progression.

Another element that lends its ear to a unique sound over a blues progression is when you set fire to you guitar on stage.

The G7 is the I chord (the one chord). The C7 is the IV chord (the four chord). The D7 is the V chord (the five chord). This is a I, IV, V progression. Since we are using dominant 7th chords we can call the chords I7, IV7 and V7.

The Db7 chord is a passing chord that is played when moving from the D7 to the C7 in the 9th bar (D7, (Db7)) of the 12 bar progression and from the C7 to the D7 in the 12 bar (D7, C7, (Db7), Db7) of the progression.

G7

E|--1--
B|--0--
G|--0--
D|--0--
A|--x--
E|--3--

C7

E|--0--
B|--1--
G|--3--
D|--2--
A|--3--
E|--x--

D7

E|--x--
B|--3--
G|--5--
D|--4--
A|--5--
E|--x--

Db7

E|--x--
B|--2--
G|--4--
D|--3--
A|--4--
E|--x--

The Mighty G Scale Suggestions

The G Blues scale is a great place to start jamming on this track.

1. G Blues Scale - 3rd Position Two Octaves move one more Octave up to 12th position

E|-----------------------------3-6-8-9-10-13-15-13------------------------------------
B|------------------------3-6------------------------15-14-13--------------------------
G|-----------------3-5-6---------------------------------------15-12--------------------
D|------------3-5------------------------------------------------------15-12------------
A|-----3-4-5------------------------------------------------------------------15-13-----
E|-3-6--------------------------------------------------------------------------------15-

2. G Blues Scale - 8th Position one Octave and down, down another Octave to 3rd position

This is a cool position to play the G blues scale in. When you get down to 3rd position (on the 3rd fret of the 6th (low E) string you can go to the pattern in 1. above and play back up the scale (and guitar neck).

It's a good idea to combine as many scale patterns as possible. Partly to stop yourself from playing patterns and getting stuck playing the same guitar licks that your fingers will learn from muscle memory.

Repetitive practice can work for you and it can work against you.

E|--------------------------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------------------------
G|------------------10-12-10----------------------------------
D|-----8-10-11-12------------12-11-10-8--------------------
A|-10---------------------------------------10-8--------------
E|-------------------------------------------------10-9-8-6-3-

3. G Dorian Mode - 3rd Position

Relative to the 7 notes of the G Major scale (which we number as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) the G blues scale uses the notes 1, b3, 4, b5, 5, 7.

The Blues scale has many similarities with minor scales. The Root, b3rd, 4th, 5th and b7th from the Blues scale appears in the 3 common minor scale (or modes).

The notes in the Dorian mode add the 2nd and 6th degrees of the scale to the notes used in the Blues scale giving us the notes: 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7.

Basically the Dorian scale is a minor pentatonic scale with the 2nd and 6th degrees from the relative Major scale added. The minor pentatonic scale uses one less note than the Blues scale, the b5th.

The b5th in the Blues scale is often called the 'blue note' as it is the note that gives the blues scale its bluesy sound.

The guitar tab for the G Dorian scale is below.

E|----------------------------------3-5-6-5-3----------
B|---------------------------3-5-6-------------------
G|--------------------2-3-5--------------------------
D|-------------2-3-5---------------------------------
A|--------3-5---------------------------------------
E|-3-5-6---------------------------------------------

4. G Dorian/G Blues combination Hendrix Guitar Lick

When I toured* with Hendrix I'd often hear him play this lick, especially in his solo improvisations.

To play it fast, play it as triplets (3 notes per beat) using either your ring-to-middle-to-index or your little-to-ring-to-index fingers using pull-offs from your ring-to-middle and middle-to-index (or little-to-ring and ring-to-index) fingers.

The notes on the 1st (high E) and 2nd (B) strings come from the Dorian mode above. The notes on the 3rd (G) string come from the Blues scale.

* In my dreams

E|-6-5-3---------------
B|--------6-5-3--------
G|---------------6-5-3-
D|----------------------
A|----------------------
E|----------------------

5. G Mixolydian Mode - 2nd Position Two Octaves

E|---------------------------------3-
B|--------------------------3-5-6---
G|-------------------2-4-5----------
D|------------2-3-5-----------------
A|-----2-3-5------------------------
E|-3-5-------------------------------

6. G Mixolydian Mode - 2nd Position Two Octaves combined with Hendrix Guitar Lick

Just for fun, here is G Mixolydian mode going up two Octaves followed by the Hendrix Guitar Lick that uses both the G Dorian mode and G Blues scale.

Although we are starting off playing a mode it starts to sound like a guitar lick when you hit the b7th on the 4th (D) string. From there we are moving away from scale sounds and more into music sounds. Not bad for playing a straight mode.

What you want to do from here is start skipping notes, repeating two and three note phrases and combining notes from the G Mixolydian mode, G Dorian mode and G Blues scale.

That's about enough information to keep you busy for a lifetime!

The most important thing to remember of all is to play using your ears and from your heart, not your brain.

Music is from the soul, always.

E|---------------------------------3-6-5-3---------------6-5-3-----------------
B|--------------------------3-5-6----------6-5-3---------------6-5-3----------
G|-------------------2-4-5------------------------6-5-3---------------6-5-3---
D|------------2-3-5-----------------------------------------------------------5-
A|-----2-3-5--------------------------------------------------------------------
E|-3-5---------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Mighty G Bass Tab

The bass guitar part to The Mighty G is a shuffle rhythm focused on the Root note of each chord with a walking bass part on the 4th beat of each bar that goes from the 6th to the b7th up to the Root note on the 1st beat of the following bar.

G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------0-1-
E|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------

G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-------------------------------------------2-3-
E|---------------------------------------0-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------------------------5-5-3-4-5-5------
E|------------------------------------0-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------------0-1-

Alternative Bass Line

Use the following pattern off the Root note of each chord for another blues bass part. Again play this using a shuffle rhythm with a triplet for the last 3 notes of the beat.

This bass line uses only the Root, b7th and 5th notes (relative to numbering the notes of the Major scale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Pretty cool considering you are playing only 3 notes.

This is a commons blues bass line. Play the notes in different order to come up with similar bass lines. The more variety you use the better.

G|----------------------------------------
D|-----5-5-3-3----------5-5-3-3-5-3----
A|--------------5-5--------------------5-
E|-3-3--------------3-3------------------

The Mighty G Drum Chart

Play it with a solid triplet feel.

Web page with drum instruction: The Mighty G Drum Chart

Download: The Mighty G Drum Chart

The Mighty G Drum Instruction

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