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Watch the Mixolydian online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Modes That Matter

There are a few go-to scales that will provide the goods in myriad styles. One such example is the 5th mode of the major series, Mixolydian. Another simple formula closely related to Ionian the formula is as follows: 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7. Just like Lydian the single alteration does a world of good and brings about a hugely important sound. More often than not when a song set to a rock or blues-rock vibe is said to be in major it’s actually a Mixolydian tune as the melodies will have a b7 as opposed to a natural 7th and you’ll find many instances of a major chord built on the b7th (bVII) throughout.

In these next four segments you’ll experience the Mixolydian mode in styles such as funk, jazz, blues, and southern rock. Every one of these styles, as well as others, relies on the existence of Mixolydian. Case in point: Could you imagine “Sweet Home Alabama” in squeaky clean major?!