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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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The Mixolydian Mode

Raise the tonic up to note G, and you’ll obtain the Mixolydian mode (see Figure 20.6).

Figure 20.6. The Mixolydian mode.

The Mixolydian mode is similar to the G major mode. The difference is that the seventh degree is flat. This gives tunes written in this mode a distinct folk flavor. Instead of the usual semitone between the leading note F# and the tonic G, there is a whole tone—F to G. This gives the mode its characteristic tonal feeling. The main chords, which give off that Mixolydian feeling, are G to Dm, with F being a good intermediary between the two. Listen to the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” or ABBA’s “The Visitors,” ...

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