Jazz School: Mixolydian Tonality: Mixolydian Scale

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Welcome to the Mixolydian Scale, our first lesson in Mixolydian Tonality a commonly-used tonality in modal Jazz and Jazz Blues…

C Mixolydian Scale: Notation, Scale Degrees, Solfege, & Keyboard Layout…

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Comparative Scale Study

  1. Just as E (Mi) gives the Major Scale its major sound, E (Mi) also gives the Mixolydian Scale a major quality.
  2. The C Mixolydian Scale shares the same notes as the C Major Scale with one exception: Bb (Te) instead of B (Ti). Only one note has changed, yet this single note dramatically changes the sound, feeling, and character of the scale, enabling you to create a whole new kind of music!
  3. The C Mixolydian Scale has the same key signature as the F Major Scale.

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, Ascending…

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C Mixolydian Scale: Linear, Descending…

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C Mixolydian Scale: Do-X-Do, Ascending…

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C Mixolydian Scale: Do-X-Do, Descending…

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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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