|Big Mon, Part 1: G Mixolydian Scale
Big Mon, Part 1: G Mixolydian Scale
Bill Monroe’s classic fiddle tune “Big Mon” is in the key of A, and played on the guitar with a capo at the second fret. The tune, like “Salt Creek,” features a flatted seventh note, which makes it a Mixolydian scale. The first part is a great scale and alternating-picking exercise, while the second part has some typical syncopations favored by Monroe and a couple of typical bluegrass licks you’ll hear played by banjo and mandolin players as well as guitarists. To get used to fingering the Mixolydian scale you’ll use in the A part, Scott starts by showing you a C major scale in first position, because the C major scale uses the same notes as the G Mixolydian scale. Then he shows you how, by starting the C major scale on the G note, you get a G Mixolydian scale.
G Mixolydian Scale (Available to subscribers)