Mixolydian

The Mixolydian mode

Home of the V chord

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A Mixolydian scale shapes


When to use the Mixolydian mode

Mixolydian is the 5th mode and consequentially used over chord V.

You can also use the Mixolydian mode when chord II has been changed into a major chord. As a roman numeral that’s a IIx chord.

To learn how to play Mixolydian, you must first go through all shapes one by one (see the first five videos above), then connect them as well as take them through the cycle of 4th.

For a guitarist, the easiest way to build the Mixolydian mode is from the Major Pentatonic, like this:

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

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Connect Mixolydian scale shapes


Connect The Shapes

The video lesson below demonstrates what it would look like to connect all Mixolydian shapes in the key of A.

When you can do this, transpose the concept to D, G, C, F and all other keys using the cycle of 4th.

Make sure you get all the shapes right by playing slowly at first, without a set rhythm and click.

When you feel confident, try triplets to a click.

In the advanced course, we expand on this exercise in several ways. For example, we change the rhythm you play it in.


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Mixolydian and the cycle of 4th


The final step

This exercise takes the Mixolydian mode and runs it through the cycle of 4th. Your ability to play this exercise is a good indication of how well you know your Mixolydian scale shapes.

If you struggle with a specific shape, go back and practice that shape again.

The full pattern moves like this:

A Mixolydian – E shape, D Mixolydian – A shape, G Mixolydian – D shape, C Mixolydian – G shape, F Mixolydian – C shape.

Next, start the pattern again in Bb using an E shape.


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These are pretty advanced exercises. You’ll be playing 7th note chords, arpeggios and modes all over the neck.

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