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Mixolydian Scales

I just tabbed out the mixolydian scales. Mixolydian is a mode – you can think of it as a major scale with a flatted 7th (b7), or as a major scale started from the 5th note (If you use the C scale, you would start and end on G – G mixolydian.). It’s kind of confusing. The flatted 7th gives this scale a bluesy sound. It works great around 7th chords. Try using C mixolydian over the C7 going to F (in the key of C).

C (C major scale) > C7 (C mixolydian scale) > F (C major scale)

Nice. It sounds a lot better than using the normal B note over C7.

Mixolydian Scales tab

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3 comments… add one
  • dnewton2 Jul 31, 2009, 2:55 pm

    How would you play these scales? Would you just kind of slide one finger up the scale or kind of step up the scale with different fingers or something else?

  • Hippie Guy Aug 1, 2009, 4:40 am

    I play them like this (with fingers numbered):

    Open: 0 2 0 1 3 0 1 3
    Closed: 1 3 1 2 4 1 2 4

    I might slide my fingers up, but it’s mostly just a shift.

    ~Hippie Guy

  • MissJess Feb 4, 2012, 9:20 pm

    I was SUPER glad to see that these had been tabbed out. Thank you so much for doing this. :)

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