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Myxolydian Mode

The Mixolydian Mode originally ascended from G to G'. This is a common mode for traditional music.


Reference Scale:


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1'
Note C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B C
Note C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb B C

Use this table to construct the mode starting on any note, using the pattern of intervals below.

Mixolydian Mode:


  I   II   III   IV   V   VI   VII   VIII
    Tone   Tone   Semitone   Tone   Tone   Semitone   Tone  
Note G   A   B   C   D   E   F  

G


This pattern of intervals: T-T-S-T-T-S-T* is the characteristic of the Mixolydian mode, and is a Major mode similar to the Ionian but has a flattened 7th note.

Because the mode is characterised by its interval structure, you can start on any note and progress with the same intervals to produce a Mixolydian mode in that 'key'.

This would be 'D Mixolydian':

  I   II   III   IV   V   VI   VII   VIII
    Tone   Tone   Semitone   Tone   Tone   Semitone   Tone  
Note D   E   F#   G   A   B   C   D

If a piece of music seems to be in the key of D, but all C#s are played as C naturals, it's probably 'D modal' or D Mixolydian.

Examples of tunes in Mixolydian Mode are Old Joe Clarke, The High Reel, Red Haired Boy and Banish Misfortune.


* T = Whole Tone, S = Semitone