Mixolydian Bluesification...

It's Not Just For Bluesers...

While this might seem like it's just for blues players, blues is such an integral part of classic rock that they often go together. For this example, you'll see that the discussion relates to "bluesifying" the mixolydian mode, while the demonstration is a more classic rock style example.

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  • Phil

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    These last 3 videos of yours have been real eye-openers! You have managed to crystallise a lot of understanding in just a few minutes. Just one of the reasons that I’m glad to be a BGUer!

  • Stewart

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Thanks Griff. Your insights and explanations are enormously valuable. So much to learn. so little time. Your info-bombs are amazingly helpful. Thank you for sharing.Love your work. Cheers. Stewart

  • cowboy

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    super video…great explanation…really appreciate the “cheatsheet” PFD…it is making me rethink my options…later.


  • Ken

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Great info, as always! Thanks Griff. Listening to the jam track… I thought I was listening to K Wayne Shepard, Blue on Black.
    I am once again inspired to pick up my guitar.

    • Griff

      Reply Reply July 17, 2017

      Yes, that’s another great example of this chord progression. It’s everywhere.

      • Joe

        Reply Reply August 4, 2023

        WOW! GREAT !
        I need more of this..

  • Jeremy

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Wow, this is so cool – as in old school – and new! Very nice demonstration of a complex musical sound/idea, as I’ve been wandering around blind looking at how to find or repeat this sound for quite a while. As well as the correct sequence of fundamentals and connected topics, I really love the little nuggets you give in your videos like, ‘it’s hardly ever a whole lot of One Thing’ – Truly Classic! And so true! Some of these more complex ideas I thought just couldn’t be taught quickly, especially online. I was so wrong. Keep smacking it out of the park Grif

  • Mark a Wales uk

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Cheers Griff
    For the lesson so much information in this and the last two I have tried to get my head around modes mostly from books but it never sinks in
    Or I could not understand
    You have managed to break that down for me so it’s understandable just need to remember all the modes and then noodle away
    Thanks Griff your the best tutor I’ve come across on the net that’s why I’m into my 3rd year as a student with you
    Thanks again 😎🎶

  • wesley oakes

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    I’m 63. I love the way you teach. my hands don’t work as well as they used too. but not giving up. I don’t have the dexterity I used to. it is getting better. but it’s a slow go. I practice a lot and every body tells me I’m doing good for playing for only 6 months . if you have any tips to help.

    • Steven Daniels

      Reply Reply July 12, 2021

      I’m with you Wesley. At 65 lovin’ all the tips and tricks every day. Thanks again Griff. BGU beginner

  • Tony

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Awesome video.. really great info…more like this please…

  • Pat B

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Lotta lotta information in these 3 videos. There goes the slide course to the back burner….. again.

    I heard some favorite sounds….. Marshall Tucker , Allman Bros. among others that I can’t readily identify.

    I like “It’s hardly ever a whole lot of one thing.”

    Seriously interesting.

  • Brian

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Great lesson series, it’s like the french they have a different word for everything. old steve martin joke. Anyhow, where does natural minor scale fit into modes?

  • MIdnight

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Wow Griff. Thanks so much. Excellent lesson absolutely full to the brim with information. Your energy level is up and the enthusiasm shows, which creates excitement for the student.

    I haven’t tried any of the modes yet and would like to start on the *best one to start with for greatest effect*, the biggest bang for the buck. Which one would that one be for you?


  • dq

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Hey Griff, just wanted to say thanks for your high quality lessons you do for us and the tabs and jamtracks that go along with them. I saw where you are playing at The Mammoth Festival this year and opening for Vintage Trouble! Congrats on that and I wish I could be there to experience a great day of blues, brews, soul and funk!

  • Rockanore

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Griff, the three lessons this week have been inspirational. Thank you. You are a brilliant teacher.

  • JT

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Thanks Griff. Really good lesson. Keep up the good work!

  • Levente

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    I usually do not comment on anything, but for this one, I cannot help it! Thank you! You managed to explain modes and how they blend into each other and all, that for the first time, I enjoyed noodleing on the guitar! Thanks and keep up the spirit!
    Best regards from Budapest,

  • Jeremy Foisy

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Griff. Im amazed with your ability to make things make sense. Ive looked around alot at online guitar instruction and have to say, without a doubt, you are the best teacher Ive found!! You are awesome! Thank you!!

  • Duke

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    Griff, What do YOU like over the 4 chord? Thanks!

  • Bret

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    This modal series has just simply been fantastic! Thanks for sharing….really opening up all kinds of possibilities…simply put…WOW!

  • Julian Swistak

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    I have been trying to learn modes like mixolydian by what theory and guitar I learned when I was a kid. I can play the D mix at the seventh fret. The G root is the second string eighth fret. The G major chord is a full D shape. So I play D mixolydian using a G major scale but starting and focusing more on the D notes of the scale. And now you throw in the flatted third (F and then F#) and major third to get that blues feel. The G scale doesn’t have a C# so there is the flatted 7th. So this is cool- In that 7th fret position you don’t have to move anywhere?!! A song that this works well with is “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” by Jerry Garcia. Whoops that song is in the key of C- so move that D mixolydian down two frets to C mixolydian- using F major scale at the 5th fret.
    A cool modes intro is done by JJ Cale at Crossroads for his 12 bar intro to “Call Me the Breeze” over the E chord. I bet that is Dorian or Phryrigian (C scale). Remember the Circle of 5ths diagram from music theory??? This all relates! Thank you for showing the D mixolydian inside the D minor blues Box One. With a little practice you can stay in and around Box 1 and hit some cool- and colorful notes.

  • Mick

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017


    Great intro series to a topic I had heard of before but never quite “got”. The nerd side of me is always wanting to know the “how” and “why” to unravel the mysteries of the daunting fretboard. 5 years into the rabbit hole with great insights like this has made the journey enjoyable. I think I’ll watch this a few more times through and start the noodle sessions to really let it sink into the earholes 🙂

    Keep up the great work Griff


  • JDominique

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    Hi Griff, Cud-dos for trying to get out of the box. This is the hallmark of a true master. This video makes things so much more interesting and fun.I hope some day you will be able to incorporate some latin blues …T he bluesy myxolidian did not sound too good at first, but when you played it a t the end of the video, I enojyed it more .AS always, great job..

  • Terry

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    Yes I agree very very great lessons and came right at the right time. Thks.

  • Rick

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    After taking the unleashed course and “theory made useful” I have played with the pentatonic for a couple of years now. To be honest I was getting a little “pentatoniced out” . It just was getting repetitive. This should keep me busy for a while. Once again thanks Griff!

  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    Hey Griff, A really awesome lesson that even an advanced beginner like me can enjoy and understand. I have downloaded everything for later in my progress.

    Michael-Sydney-Australia July 2017

  • ScottyR

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    I really enjoyed playing 4-5 different scale patterns over your jam track. Loved all the different sounds.
    This is great Griff, I’m looking forward to seeing where you take us with this…

  • Eric Mitchell

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    Hey Griff, I love these modes lessons. I think have always been a theory junkie. I am also frustrated with guitar withdrawal. I traveling in Europe without a guitar for 5 weeks. I have so much catching up to do when I get back. Thank you so much.

  • Albert Leeshue

    Reply Reply July 18, 2017

    I still figuring out the modes and along the way discovered the e run. Also finally understood the degrees in chords relates to them where u start and where the chord falls. Also figured out the formation such as c shape in a and just understood how to make melodies out of the modes and combine them with open chords to make licks. I just on the first video

  • Jim Edwards

    Reply Reply July 19, 2017

    Wow, this was great. Many years I’ve been wondering how Dickie Betts of the Allman Bros. Got that meloddic fluid lead sound that seemed to never end.
    Now I know. Thanks a million.

  • same as email

    Reply Reply July 19, 2017

    dominant minor V video do not work .

    as ref,………..

  • JohnnyB

    Reply Reply July 19, 2017

    Damn these are good lessons. NOW all we need is the same info for the II-V-I jazz progression, and we appear to already have two of those. How about it Griff — what to play over the II?

  • Chuck

    Reply Reply July 20, 2017

    Hey Griff –

    Great stuff. This is by far the best presentation of modes I have seen, and I’ve seen quite a few in my 40+ years of noodling around on my guitar. So I tried to apply some of your rules to “Happy Man” by Chicago. There’s a C, E minor, A minor, D7, Bb minor7, A minor7, and G — so far, so good — Key of G, right? Then they throw in an E MAJOR, E7+9, and E7-9. What’s up with that??? What do you play over the major E chords?

    Great job, keep it up! Thanks!

  • Robert Wood

    Reply Reply July 20, 2017

    Have been playing guitar for over 50 years and this series of videos has been the most concise explanation of modes for pop/rock/blues guitar playing I’ve ever seen or heard. Well done! Keep up the good work.

  • Daniel

    Reply Reply July 22, 2017

    Theory is important and useful

  • Whiff

    Reply Reply July 22, 2017

    I wish I could make it look as easy as you do . Amazing thank you

  • Bert Bennett

    Reply Reply July 24, 2017

    I’ve been trying to order the Modes course but your order page is messed up. It shows total $146 and no place to enter a promo code. I sent Annette some emails about this.

  • Art Martinez

    Reply Reply July 25, 2017

    At 19:00 minutes into the video when you call out the mode or pentatonic you are going to use I fully understood the concept. I am a very visual and hands on person so this was a great lesson / explanation. Thank you

  • TA Ratko

    Reply Reply July 25, 2017


    It’s uncanny. When listening to your demonstration I hear, very distinctly, the late Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Or, am I just hearing things? Thank you, these videos have been fantastic.


  • Lennie

    Reply Reply May 11, 2018

    Another awesome lesson Griff. That really provides a lot of different options for soloing!

  • Kevi

    Reply Reply February 15, 2019

    Very well done. I have been looking to expand lead options and this fits in perfectly. You give the forms and include the reason why things like the flatted 3rd are important. Finally you take the time to give the tab and backing track.
    You are good my friend. Thanks

  • Kevin O'Sullivan

    Reply Reply February 16, 2019

    Just to add to the chorus of enthusiasts who have learnt a lot from your recent videos about music theory.
    I’ve been enthralled by all of it.
    Great job Griff

    Thank you

  • Robert

    Reply Reply February 16, 2019

    Excellent info, thanks Griff!

  • Bob

    Reply Reply February 16, 2019

    Excellent, great presentation. Really enjoy your teachings!
    Thank you!

  • Rod Winterhalder

    Reply Reply March 12, 2019

    Hi Griff, another great lesson. Your playing with the jam track really reminded me of “hey mr. fantasy”. Is that “modal” playing?

  • Rich Zaia

    Reply Reply March 25, 2019

    OVERWHELMING…Kinda assumes mastery of all the modes which just came to light a few days ago.. I’ll save it for when I’m more Mode savvy.

  • Andy

    Reply Reply June 30, 2019

    wonderful, hugely informative set of videos (with the previous two) – thanks Griff.

  • Bill Milby

    Reply Reply January 27, 2020

    I Have everything you’ve sent out over the last few years and periodically review them. Looking at the D mixolidiian why does the scale have a “C” and not a “C#”.
    OBTW, I am a relatively new player and try to absorb as much of the theory I can. Thanks,, Griff

  • Dave Delisio

    Reply Reply March 4, 2020

    Griff, all I can say is awesome! You have heiped me so much to understand modes and how they can be used! Opened a whole new way to add to my improvising!! Loved the jam track to practice with!


  • Tom Carpenter

    Reply Reply March 13, 2020

    These three videos have had an incredible impact on this old wannabe guitar player. Messing around with the principles have helped me figure out most of the Rounders ‘God knows I’m tryin”

  • Ken M

    Reply Reply April 30, 2020

    I love the Dorian and mixolidian modes . Lots of southern rock songs use these two and are easily
    Used with minor pentatonic scales , really fun switching back and forth . Tks Griff , sometimes I get so wrapped up learning new songs I forget to
    Experiment with modes .

  • Matthew Kretzer

    Reply Reply June 16, 2020

    I’m curious which came first for you, study o the various scales and modes or just trying to play the cool sounds you heard?

    I ask because I used to study flamenco guitar, and my teachers (many years ago) knew nothing about theory. They could name a few chords and notes and that’s about it. But they played wonderfully complex stuff. They learned it the same way they (tried) to teach it to me, just listen watch and imitate.

    I love listening to you and watching , and you’ve taught me a bunch.

  • Jonesy

    Reply Reply January 7, 2021

    Excellent trio of videos that have crystallised a lot of knowledge into understanding swiftly and concisely.
    Thank you!

  • gregory K mansur

    Reply Reply January 10, 2021

    Looking at your cheat sheet from yesterday on the ‘Greek’ modes, Mixolydian has the G string as 9-11-12. On today’s Mixolydian ‘Bluesification’ sheet the G string has the 9-10-11-12. I realize (9) is the ‘bluesification’ note but…I guess I’m confused. New question — Does the Mixolydian (or any Greek mode) hold the same note pattern regardless of what key the song is in? — WWH, WWWH, etc. Great lessons by the way. Glad I’m a customere.

  • Don

    Reply Reply April 16, 2021

    Griff, all I can say is get lesson. You really help to demystify and fully explain this subject in terms non-theorists can understand. Thanks again

  • Bob Kizik

    Reply Reply September 11, 2021

    A huge mashup of Marshall Tucker, Allman Brod, Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, etc. So much fun just watching and listening you jam with the different scales and modes over the same chord progression.

    Thanks Griff!

  • Keith

    Reply Reply June 8, 2022

    A really informative and energizing video. I’ve been looking for a way to move beyond major and minor pentatonic in playing blues.
    Thanks for the introduction.

  • Chris

    Reply Reply March 17, 2023

    Griff that was an excellent intro to modes, thank you.

    Aussi Chris

  • Dave Flood

    Reply Reply June 8, 2023

    Thanks very much. Just these 3 videos have opened a door and answered old questions which I had forgotten about.
    This one of those “I wish I had know when I got my first guitar….”

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