Mixolydian Mode/Scale: Interactive Piano & Guitar Reference with Chords

    🎨 A visual piano and guitar reference to the Mixolydian mode (aka Mixolydian scale), which is the 5th mode of the major scale. The Mixolydian mode is created from the major scale by flattening the 7th scale degree. The Mixolydian mode is major-sounding and sounds smooth and bluesy.

    This reference includes the notes and chords on the piano keyboard for each Mixolydian scale.

    Mixolydian mode formula:
    1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - b7

    Mixolydian Mode: Reference Table

    First, a reference table for the Mixolydian mode/scale for all the keys. The keys are in order of 5ths, as with the circle of fifths. This illustrates the close relationship between keys that are a 5th distance apart.

    I ii iii° IV v vi VII I
    C D E F G A B♭ C
    G A B C D E F G
    D E F♯ G A B C D
    A B C♯ D E F♯ G A
    E F♯ G♯ A B C♯ D E
    B C♯ D♯ E F♯ G♯ A B
    F♯ G♯ A♯ B C♯ D♯ E F♯
    D♭ E♭ F G♭ A♭ B♭ C♭ D♭
    A♭ B♭ C D♭ E♭ F G♭ A♭
    E♭ F G A♭ B♭ C D♭ E♭
    B♭ C D E♭ F G A♭ B♭
    F G A B♭ C D E♭ F

    Mixolydian Mode on Guitar

    Here you can visualize the different keys of the Mixolydian mode on the guitar fretboard. You can highlight the notes in each of the mixolydian scales using the CAGED or the Three Notes Per String (TNPS) systems.

    Select a Key:

    Scale:

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    Mixolydian Mode on Piano

    And now for each of the keys/scales in more detail. Tip: click the lock icon to trigger the chords of that key using buttons 1 through 7 on your keyboard.

    C Mixolydian

    notes: C D E F G A B♭

    relative key: F major

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B♭
    • C

    chords in the key of C Mixolydian

    D Mixolydian

    notes: D E F♯ G A B C

    relative key: G major

    • D
    • E
    • F♯
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    chords in the key of D Mixolydian

    E Mixolydian

    notes: E F♯ G♯ A B C♯ D

    relative key: A major

    • E
    • F♯
    • G♯
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E

    chords in the key of E Mixolydian

    F Mixolydian

    notes: F G A B♭ C D E♭

    relative key: A♯ major

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B♭
    • C
    • D
    • E♭
    • F

    chords in the key of F Mixolydian

    G Mixolydian

    notes: G A B C D E F

    relative key: C major

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    chords in the key of G Mixolydian

    A Mixolydian

    notes: A B C♯ D E F♯ G

    relative key: D major

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F♯
    • G
    • A

    chords in the key of A Mixolydian

    B Mixolydian

    notes: B C♯ D♯ E F♯ G♯ A

    relative key: E major

    • B
    • C
    • D♯
    • E
    • F♯
    • G♯
    • A
    • B

    chords in the key of B Mixolydian

    C♯ / D♭ Mixolydian

    C♯ Mixolydian: C♯ D♯ E♯ F♯ G♯ A♯ B

    D♭ Mixolydian: D♭ E♭ F G♭ A♭ B♭ C♭

    relative key: F♯ major

    • C♯
    • D♯
    • E♯
    • F♯
    • G♯
    • A♯
    • B
    • C

    chords in the key of C Mixolydian

    E♭ / D♯ Mixolydian

    E♭ Mixolydian: E♭ F G A♭ B♭ C D♭

    D♯ Mixolydian: D♯ E♯ F♯♯ G♯ A♯ B♯ C♯

    relative key: G♯ major

    • E♭
    • F
    • G
    • A♭
    • B♭
    • C
    • D♭
    • E♭

    chords in the key of D Mixolydian

    F♯ / G♭ Mixolydian

    F♯ Mixolydian: F♯ G♯ A♯ B C♯ D♯ E

    G♭ Mixolydian: G♭ A♭ B♭ C♭ D♭ E♭ F♭

    relative key: B major

    • F♯
    • G♯
    • A♯
    • B
    • C
    • D♯
    • E
    • F♯

    chords in the key of F Mixolydian

    A♭ / G♯ Mixolydian

    A♭ Mixolydian: A♭ B♭ C D♭ E♭ F G♭

    G♯ Mixolydian: G♯ A♯ B♯ C♯ D♯ E♯ F♯

    relative key: C♯ major

    • A♭
    • B♭
    • C
    • D♭
    • E♭
    • F
    • G♭
    • A♭

    chords in the key of G Mixolydian

    B♭ / A♯ Mixolydian

    B♭ Mixolydian: B♭ C D E♭ F G A♭

    A♯ Mixolydian: A♯ B♯ C♯♯ D♯ E♯ F♯♯ G♯

    relative key: D♯ major

    • B♭
    • C
    • D
    • E♭
    • F
    • G
    • A♭
    • B♭

    chords in the key of B♭ Mixolydian


    Piano Samples

    The piano samples used for this mixolydian scale reference are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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