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Use the B7 Chord and B Mixolydian Scale
According to US News & World Report, the Mixolydian scale was ranked third in popularity behind the major scale and the blues scale (though it outranked my favorite - Dorian). The Mixolydian scale is a mode of the major scale. If you're not familiar with modes you can learn more in my "Modes of the Major Scale" lesson. Mixolydian is the fifth mode, which means you start from the 5th degree of a major scale. A B Mixolydian scale is the 5th mode of an E major scale. So if we play an E major scale but start from B, then we get:
B C# D# E F# G# A
If we construct its characteristic chord by taking the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th scale degrees, we get B7
B7: B D# F# A
What does this mean? This means that a B mixolydian scale will sound great over a B7. But, don't take my word for it. Just play the example below.