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Mixolydian
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Scale Name
D Mixolydian Mode
Scale Definition
1 2 3 4 5 6 b7
D E F# G A B C
Notes
Tonality
Major
Equivalent Scales
G major, E natural minor
Harmonization
D, Emin, F#dim G, Amin, Bmin, C

The Mixolydian mode is a major scale used in a wide range of musical styles including blues, bluegrass, jazz and Latin. It consists of the basic major scale with the 7th note lowered a semitone. In the key of D this amounts to changing the C# to a C natural. If we add this 7th to the D major chord, we have D7 - commonly found in bluesy music. Compare this to the Dmaj7 chord arising from the basic major scale, which is a much more relaxed, ambient sounding chord.

For Celtic music, the Mixolydian mode is extremely useful. Where the major scale can sound a little square if used too often, the Mixolydian scale offers a slightly darker, more aggressive sound which can add drive to a Celtic piece. For example, this mode resembles the notes available on the bagpipes.

The D Mixolydian mode also provides the same fingering and chords for the G major scale, which makes it especially useful to know.

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Scale Notation

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