The Mixolydian Mode

City of Bath College

City of Bath College

This post is for my students at the City of Bath College.

The Mixolydian mode is the fifth mode of the Major Scale. In the key of A the Mixolydian Mode consists of the following seven notes: A, B, C#, D, E, F# G (R, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 b7).

Use this generic code to spell the scale in any key: 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 or T T S T T S T

Position 1 (Mixolydian Mode)

Mixolydian Mode Position 1

Mixolydian Mode – Position 1

Start this shape with your second finger.

Position 1 (Three Note Per String)

Mixolydian Mode (Three Finger)

Mixolydian Mode (Three Notes Per String)

Start this three notes per string shape with your first finger.

For further reading about the history of the mode see Wikipedia: Mixolydian Mode


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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