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MIXOLYDIAN MODE / 7
th
CHORD SCALE
The mixolydian mode or scale is very common in
blues and sixties rock. It turns up every now and
then in today’s rock music.
The mixolydian mode has only one note different
to the major scale. Instead of playing note 7 in
its normal spot we lower it back one fret - this is
called note 7 flattened.
The major scale is the most important of all
scales and all other scales are compared to it.
Therefore in the mixolydian mode we do not
describe the chords and notes as I to VIII but
rather as something from the I to VIII of the
major scale. The flat symbol means that
compared to where this chord is played in the
major scale it is now to be played one fret lower.
The flat has nothing to do with the name of the
chord, only how it has been changed from the
major scale.
The chord types are variable this time. The
chords will be mostly power or major but could
also be minor or seventh.
MIXOLYDIAN MODE AND MAJOR SCALES
NOTE NUMBERS COMPARED.
Major
Scale
Do
Re
Me
Fa
So
La
Te
Do
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Mixolydian
Mode
1
2
3
4
5
6
7b
8