The Mixolydian Scale

   The Mixolydian mode is a useful scale mainly for playing over blues and dominant 7th chords. It is similar to a major scale but has a flattened 7th degree. Let’s look at an example, you can improvise over a C7 chord using a C Mixolydian scale. The chord tones in C7 are C […]

Major 7th Arpeggios in E

This is a good warm-up arpeggio technique you can add to your daily practice. As part of my guitar warm-up, I practice a 2-octave major 7th arpeggio. Let’s try G major 7, this includes the following notes: G – B – D – F# then next octave G – B – D – F# – […]

Major 7th Chords

Here are the main major chord shapes you can play on the guitar: Root 6 (Tonic on the 6th String) Root 5 (Tonic on the 5th String) Root 4 (Tonic on the 4th String) There are other major type chords with can often also be used like 6, maj 9, 6/9 etc depending on the […]

The Phrygian Mode – How to use this Flamenco Guitar Mode

  Follow me  @sergioguitarist to get my latest news!   The Phrygian mode is one of the main flamenco modes. It basically consists of the notes of the A minor scale starting on E. To add tension I also play G# on the 3rd string. This is very common in Spanish guitar. What are modes? A […]


The Soleares is one of the fundamental flamenco forms. Here are some basic facts about the Solea or Soleares: Compas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 (accent on bold numbers) Originated in the mid 1800s Share the same compas as Allegris and Buleria Use the Phrygian Mode  in E major or […]