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Major Scale Modes - Mixolydian

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Mixolydian is the 5th mode of the major scale. This is another important mode because it contains the major 3rd and the minor 7th. The interval that occurs between these 2 notes is called a tri-tone, which is also known as a #4 or b5. This is the same interval found in most dominant chords. This scale is similar to that of the major scale except for the b7. The character pitches are the major 3rd and the b7.



There are many useful chords that can be generated from the Mixolydian mode. Here are some of them:

1-3-5= major triad

1-3-5-b7= dominant 7

1-3-5-b7-9= dominant 9

1-3-5-b7-9-11= dominant 11

1-3-5-b7-9-11-13= dominant 13

Other chord possibilities from this mode are:

1-2-5= sus2

1-5= power chord

1-4-5= suspended 4th

1-4-5-b7= suspended 7th

1-4-5-b7-9= suspended 9th

1-4-5-b7-9-11= suspended 11th

1-4-5-b7-9-11-13= suspended 13th

Listed below are the fingering patterns for the Mixolydian mode.

Here are some Mixolydian vamps. Be sure to stress the b7 and the 3rd. This mode can have a very bluesy sound if you bend or slide into the 3rd (from a half-step below), 5th and b7th.

Vamp #1: (A/Asus9) (Use A Mixolydian. All black dots on A)

Vamp #2: (C7/F/C7/F) (Use C Mixolydian. All black dots on C)

Vamp #3: (F#13/F#9) (Use F# Mixolydian)

Vamp #4: (E9) (Use E Mixolydian)

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