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Improvise in Mixolydian Mode

Introduction

(For more information about building modes, see Understanding Modal Harmony.)

The Mixolydian mode is similar to the major scale, but with a ♭7. A Mixolydian vamp will tend to focus on the ♭7 sound as much as possible. One would often hear the I7 as the tonic chord, with other chords also supporting the ♭7.

The tracks here are focused on learning to improvise in C Mixolydian. The ♭7 of the scale is B♭ (instead of the B which would appear normally in C major.

The three backing tracks presented here offer the chance to improvise in C major only, (“G”), B♭ Lydian only (“H”) and a track that switches back and forth between the two (“GH”).

The Chord Progression

Note that there are three tracks: one for “G”, one for “H”, and one for “GH”.

C Ionian (Major)

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c natural
f natural
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e natural
b natural
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d natural
a natural
f natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
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e natural
b natural
g natural
d natural
a natural
e natural
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C Mixolydian

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c natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
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e natural
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d natural
a natural
f natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
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a sharp, b flat
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e natural
g natural
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Track “G” — C Major Only

Improvise using the major scale only.

Track “H” — C Mixolydian Only

Improvise using the C mixolydian scale only.

Track “GH” — C Major, C Mixolydian

Switch back and forth between the major and mixolydian scales.

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