Mixolydian

Intro

Mixolydian - Intro

Learn how to play the Mixolydian mode!

Find the Mixolydian Intro guitar lesson below.

E shape

Mixolydian E shape

Learn how to play the E shaped Mixolydian mode!

Go to Mixolydian E shape.

A shape

Mixolydian A shape

Learn how to play the A shaped Mixolydian mode!

Go to Mixolydian A shape.

D shape

Mixolydian D shape

Learn how to play the D shaped Mixolydian mode!

Go to Mixolydian D shape.

G shape

Mixolydian G shape

Learn how to play the G shaped Mixolydian mode!

Go to Mixolydian G shape.

C shape

Mixolydian C shape

Learn how to play the C shaped Mixolydian mode!

Go to Mixolydian C shape.

Connect Shapes

Connect Mixolydian Shapes

Learn how to Connect all Mixolydian shapes!

Go to Connect Mixolydian Shapes.

Cycle Of 4ths

Mixolydian Cycle Of 4ths

Run the Mixolydian mode through the Cycle Of 4ths!

Go to Mixolydian Cycle Of 4ths.

Improvisation

Mixolydian Improvisation

Learn how to improvise with the Mixolydian mode!

Go to Mixolydian Improvisation.

The Mixolydian mode belongs to the V chord!

Mixolydian is the 5th mode and consequentially used over chord V. You can also use the Mixolydian mode when a chord has become an ‘X’ chord.

One artist that has taken the dom7 chord to its extreme is James Brown who is known for having entire tunes over a single dom7 chord.

James also changed music history by putting the accent on beat 1 and and by doing so invented funk music!

The scale formula reads:

Major Pentatonic: 1 2 3 5 6
Mixolydian: 4 b7

Character: Mixolydian has a striving sound; it wants to move to chord I.

Soloing: Use Mixolydian when you want a dominating sound that strives somewhere, or whenever you play over chord V.

Practice Mixolydian like this:

  1. Chord shape
  2. Major pentatonic
  3. add 4
  4. Major pentatonic
  5. add b7
  6. Major pentatonic
  7. Mixolydian
  8. Chord shape

To see the Mixolydian mode move around the guitar neck in different keys and shapes, use Chordacus.

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