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Major Triads - Mixolydian mode

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Here is a cool idea which uses major triads to create a phrase that is "moving upwards". A major triad consist of the 1st, the 3rd and the 5th note from a major scale. In the case of D, the first three notes would be D, F#, A and in the key of E the notes are E, G#, B. In that order, the can also be referred to as 1, 3, 5 because that is their order and place of the major scale.
Ideas like this one are interesting because they let you go from a low note to a high note relatively quickly, which can open up your playing a bit. It sounds much less scale oriented since it is using triads or arpeggios.

This idea is also using only the mixolydian mode of the major scale - all the notes from both the D and E major triads exist in the Mixolydian scale/mode. From this you can learn this - you can always play a major triad one whole-step down from the root of a dominant chord like a 7 or 9 chord (a D major triad over E7, for example). This creates a mixolydian feel to it, since the minor 7 note is emphasized (D in the key of E). Try it! Now practice this idea in all 12 keys!

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