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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.
|Look at the image below and notice the notes and the positions of the Mixolydian mode. Notice the G notes have been highlighted. You can play this same position at the 3rd fret. Can you see the pentatonic scale it there. Remove the B and F and you have the 3rd fret position we have been learning in A minor pentatonic.
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.
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.
Here’s another way to play the Mixolydian mode. You can burn up the fret-board 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.