George Benson G7 jazz guitar lick | Free lesson | Mixoblues scale

The mixolydian blues scale

The mixoblues scale is a combination of the minor blues scale and the mixolydian scale. It is used to play over dominant 7th chords (7, 9,#9, 7sus4, 13, 7b5, 7#11, 13th). 

Here is the G mixoblues scale used by the great George Benson in the lick below :

G mixo blues scale G A Bb B C C# D E F
Formula 1 9 b3 or #9 3 11 b5 (#11) 5 13 b7
Intervals W H H H HH H W H W


RELATED LESSON | The mixoblues scale - Guitar diagrams & licks

The lick

This is a George Benson bluesy jazz lick from "Last train to Clarksville" a cover of the Monkees, an american rock band.

All notes of this lick are from the G mixoblues scale but we can also analyse these lines like this :

  • Pickup measure : Starting with the root (G), G minor seventh arpeggio (G, Bb, D and F) respectively root, minor third, fifth and minor seventh.
  • Bar 1 : Thirteenth (E) of G7, eleventh (C), fifth (G), minor third (Bb), ninth (A), root (G), minor seventh (F), fifth (D), thirtheen (E), fifth again and chromatic line (C, B, Bb).
  • Bar 2 : By taking the last note of the bar 1 (D) and the 2 first notes of the bar 2 (Bb and G) you get a G descending minor triad (Bb, G, C). 

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