Wes Montgomery jazz guitar lick | Dominant 7th | Mixolydian mode

Wes Montgomery played this short lick in "West coast blues" you can hear it at 1:02 in the original tune. In this harmonic context it's better to consider this lick as the mixolydian mode starting on the sixth (G) but it's a good opportunity to talk about the phrygian mode.

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The G phrygian mode is a minor type scale, because of the minor third (b3), Bb  in this case. The special feature of this mode is the presence of minor second (Ab). This mode is usually played over minor chords.

Wes Montgomery | Phrygian lick | Youtube video link

The G phrygian mode has the same notes as the Bb mixolydian mode, that's why it works in this lick.

G phrygian mode

  • G-Ab-Bb-C-D-Eb-F
  • 1-b2-b3-4-5-b6-b7

Bb mixolydian mode

  • Bb-C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab
  • 1-2-3-4-5-6-b7

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