Lesson Plan

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Lesson notes

In this lesson, we’re going to learn how to play the Mixolydian mode in all 12 keys. The Mixolydian mode belongs to the set of scales called the Major Modes. The Major Modes consist of seven scales derived from and using the same notes as one parent Major scale, but starting and ending on each of the different degrees of that parent scale. Mixolydian is the 5th Mode of the Major scale, so it starts and ends on the 5th degree of its parent scale. Mixolydian has a bluesy sound and appropriately works best over dominant 7th chords, the building blocks of the blues. Like Lydian, Mixolydian is only one note different from Major. We’ll learn the right and left hand Mixolydian mode fingerings in all twelve keys.