Scales: C Mixolydian Scale

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The C Mixolydian Scale has the same notes as the C Major Scale with one exception: Bb (Te) instead of B (Ti). Only one note has changed, but notice how this single note dramatically changes the sound, feeling, and character of the scale. Like B (Ti) in the C Major scale, Bb (Te) is a tension note, but it is a different kind of tension, a unique tension that allows you to create a whole new kind of music!

C Mixolydian Scale: Notation & Keyboard Layout…



Comparative Ear Training Tip: Play and sing the Mixolydian Scale and Major Scale side-by-side, slowly enough to hear the very distinct difference between Ti and Te.  Pay special attention to the unique pull each note has toward Do.

Ear Training

Reading and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is a very effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in a musical scale. Reminder: It is absolutely essential that you sing these out loud… and to play and sing slowly enough to allow the unique sound-feeling of each solfege syllable to make an impression on your mind’s ear.

C Mixolydian Scale: Linear





C Mixolydian Scale: Do-X-Do





Tip: Many other patterns are possible as well, but at this point your time is better spent going right to the kinds of music that YOU want to play for your study-practice material.


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