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C Ionian ] Dorian mode ] Phrygian mode ] Lydian mode ] [Mixolydian]  Aeolian mode ] Locrian mode ] Basic major scale fingerings ] F major modes ] G Modes ] Constructing Scales ] Key Signatures and constructing major scales ] Modulation, cadence, progressions ]

Mixolydian mode 

The next mode of the key of C Major will be the Mixolydian mode. The Mixolydian mode is the 5th note of the major key. The 5th note of the key of C Major is the G note. The G chord in the key of C is a major chord. So the Mixolydian mode is a major mode played from G to G in the key of C major.

  • So far we have covered the C Major or Ionian mode. The Dorian mode or Dm mode and the E Phrygian or Em mode and the F Lydian mode.

  • Now we will learn the G Mixolydian Mode

G

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

  • Try to memorize all the notes in the G major chord. Also, try to memorize all the notes that make up each chord. Remember, each section to the left has the notes of each chord in the key of C major.

Look at the image below and notice the notes and the positions of the Mixolydian mode. Notice the G notes have been highlighted.

mixolydian mode in C major

To play this pattern you would start at the 15th fret Low E string 2 finger. Look at the fingering below. Remember to play from G to G low E string to High E string.

Tablature below.

 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------15-17-19-
 ---------------------------------------------------------------15-17-18--------------------
 ----------------------------------------------14-16-17-------------------------------------
 ------------------------------14-15-17-----------------------------------------------------
 -------------14-15-17----------------------------------------------------------------------
 -15-17--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

mixolydian mode

The first note 2 finger low E string 15th fret, play that note. 4 finger low E string 17th fret. 1, 2 and 4 fingers A string. 1, 2 and 4 D string. 1, 3 and 4 G string. Finish this mode off at the G note high E string 15th fret.

Look at the image above very closely and you will notice the fingering pattern for G major pentatonic too. The fingering pattern is the same for the F and C as well. 2-4, 1-4, 1-4, 1-3, 2-4, 2-4. Learn them both, Mixolydian and G major pentatonic. Lay down a G chord and play the fingering 2-4, 1-4, 1-4, 1-3, 2-4, 2-4, starting at the 15th fret and the same fingering at the 3rd fret. Remember all notes repeat after 12 frets.

Tablature below.

 ------------------------------------------------------------------12-13-15---
 --------------------------------------------------12-13-15-------------------
 ----------------------------------10-12-14-----------------------------------
 ------------------10-12-14---------------------------------------------------
 -10-12-14--------------------------------------------------------------------
 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Here's another way to play the Mixolydian mode. You can burn up the fretboard using this fingering pattern. Play 3 notes per string, you can pick the first note and hammer onto the next two notes on the string.

In the next lesson we will learn the 6th mode of the key of C Major. This will be the Aeolian mode.

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