Mixolydian Mode

The Mixolydian Scale (or mode) is one of the modal scales. They are all origins of ancient Greek music and used in modern jazz and funk music. You may recognize the dominant pattern in the intervals: 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7. Compare this to the dominant 7th chord with scale steps 1 3 5 b7.

The Mixolydian scales are very easy to learn as you can see by comparing them with the major scales. The difference between C Major and C Mixolydian is only one note, the seventh. You may also notice that G Mixolydian relates to the scale C Major Scale; the notes are the same, only the root has changed place. In the same manner, the C Mixolydian relates to the F Major.

C

C Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C

C# / Db

C# Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: C#, D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, B, C#

D

D Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C, D

D# /Eb

D# Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: D#, E#, F##, G#, A#, B#, C#, D#

E

E Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D, E

F

F Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: F, G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F

F# / Gb

F# Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E, F#

G

G Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G

G# / Ab

G# Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: G#, A#, B#, C#, D#, E#, F#, G#

A

A Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A

A# / Bb

A# Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: A#, B#, C##, D#, E#, F##, G#, A#

B

B Mixolydian scale diagram
Notes: B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B

Mixolydian Scales overview
C: C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, B, C#
D: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C, D
D#/Eb: D#, E#, F##, G#, A#, B#, C#, D#
E: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D, E
F: F, G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E, F#
G: G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, B#, C#, D#, E#, F#, G#
A: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A
A#/Bb: A#, B#, C##, D#, E#, F##, G#, A#
B: B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B

Intervals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7
Semi-notes: 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2
Formula: Whole, Whole, Half, Whole, Whole, Half, Whole

Relative keys – Mixolydian and Major

The same notes can be found in different Major and Mixolydian scales:

If you already know the Major scales, the relative Mixolydian scale starts on the fourth note.

Relative keys – Mixolydian and Minor

The same notes can be found in different Minor and Mixolydian scales:

If you already know the Natural Minor scales, the relative Mixolydian scale starts on the seventh note.