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Major Scales

while the major scales is useful as theoretical concept, it's little vanilla as a practical one. What I mean by this is that you may want to improvise over major chords with one of the following scales instead.

Lydian ( 1,2,3,#4,5,6,7)

The only difference between the major scale and the Lydian scale is the #4 ( the B in this case ), but it's a hell of a difference and makes for a very usable scale over major, major 7, major 7#11 and major 9 chords. Make sure you play one of the above chords before running these patterns, or better still use a looper to have them going in the background. Here are the three patterns to learn:

Mixolydian ( 1,2,3,4,5,6,b7)

A bright and bluesy alternative to the major scale, thanks to the b7 ( Eb in this case), which can also be used over dominant { 7,9,11}. Strum or loop an F7 chord and learn these patterns:

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