"Drop D" Guitar Riffs
In the second example our tonality shifts into the major key with a "Ballad" riff built from the tones of the "D Major" key center. Example two applies three chords from the key's harmony. Plus, the progression adds a 6th extension on the "G major" chord as well as, a suspended 4th on the key's tonic chord of "D." The tonic also appears as a 1st inversion of "D/F#" acting as a voice leading component for the arrival of the VI-chord (G major).
PART TWO: In part two, our focus turns to the world of modes with a progression in example three from the "D Dorian" Mode. A Southern-Rock riff applies Dorian's minor quality through the scale tones of "F," and "B." The progression generates a minor harmony using both "D" minor 6 and "D" add4 chords. The open 6th string combined with the use of open 2nd through 5th strings produces a dark minor effect highlighting the color tones of Dorian.
In example four, the "D Mixolydian" Mode harmony is applied across our 6th string Drop "D" tuning to produce a Major /Blues progression using the Mixolydian sound. The scales minor 7th (C) is combined with Mixolydians major 3rd (F#) to implement the full impression of Mixolydian. An interesting collection of chords including; Dominant 9, Minor 6, 6th sus2, and Minor 7 all work together to compliment Mixolydian's character.
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