C Mixolydian Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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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, Scale Degrees, Solfege, & Keyboard Layout…

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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.


Real-World Examples of Mixolydian Scale in Action…

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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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Descending…

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C Mixolydian Scale: Do-X-Do

Ascending…

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Descending…

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learn more… C Dorian Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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