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Fiddle Lessons: The Mixolydian Mode

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we're gonna talk about another scale
that's really important in blue grass
music, and in just about all contemporary
American music, and traditional music.
It's called the mixolydian mode.
And the mode.
It's like a scale.
The modes were invented by the Greeks, and
they basically came up
with a set of scales that connected to
each other in a really beautiful way.
And they, their basic mode, was exactly
like a major scale.
So even back then, people were doing major
scales, and they just called them modes.
But this particular scale has sort of
survived as itself.
And you'll recognize it as soon as you
hear it.
It's basically a major scale, with the
seventh note of the scale being flat.
So instead we have, instead of a major
We're still in A by the way.
We're doing all this stuff in A.
A major.
If we play the mixolydian A
We get that last note.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
We're flatting the seventh note.
Whereas, as a major scale it would be.
In the mixolydian scale.
It's that.
And that, from that we get all kinds of
great sounds we get
The mixolydian is also called when you
make a chord out of it,
it's called a dominant type chord, or a
seventh chord.
It's the scale that goes with an A7 chord.
We're gonna be talking about chords later.
But, it's that kind of Rock and Roll, kind
of modal.
When people say modal that's one of the
things they mean.
It's that sort of, kind of slightly bad.
You know, bad in the sense of good, bad.
Can have sound.
Scale sound.
So, it's a fun sound.
If we go down to the bottom two strings.
Again, it's.
If we stay up on those high two strings.
we're actually playing a G natural there,
instead of a G sharp.
So lot of tunes that use this mode and,
and its kind of like a rock and roll
It's the easy scale.
It's the scale that people use, when they
are about to go to another chord.
In fact this, the A next to the mixolydian
mode is very closely related to a D major
That's its connection.
If we play a D major.
If we start and
end at D major scale on an A note, we get
a mi, A mixolydian.
So all these scales.
Are related in specials ways to other
scales which
tell us interesting things about the key.
It makes certain ways of putting chords
together work, makes it sound right,
makes it feel right when we have different
chords in songs.
There's all kinds of rules.
That help us to make songs that sound
And so these relationships are some of
So, a lot of great tunes in mixolydian
One of the greatest, of course, is Old Joe
Another song, another tune about a.
Kind of a rascally fella who just couldn't
along with anybody, and so he got famous
after he died.