Mixolydian Mode


The "Mixolydian Mode" is a musical mode in Western music, belonging to the seven church modes. It is often recognized for its bluesy and rock-oriented quality.

In the Mixolydian mode, each note is assigned a specific degree within the scale, following the pattern: whole, whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole (1-2-3-4-5-6-b7). For example, in the key of C Mixolydian, the corresponding note names and pitches are: C (root), D (second), E (major third), F (fourth), G (fifth), A (sixth), B♭ (minor seventh), and C (octave).

What sets the Mixolydian mode apart is its major quality but with a unique characteristic: the lowered seventh degree compared to the major scale. This lowered seventh gives the mode its distinctive bluesy and slightly flattened sound, creating a sense of openness and relaxed tension. The Mixolydian mode is often associated with rock, blues, and folk music, as its characteristic interval arrangement is commonly found in many classic rock and blues melodies. It has a strong, down-to-earth quality that lends itself well to energetic and catchy compositions.

Example of Mixolydian Mode

Songs that use the Mixolydian mode