Mixolydian Mode - The Rock ModeYou are now going to learn the Mixolydian Mode of music. You will get a quick reference guide, plus a free chord chart of the Mixolydian Mode.

The Mixolydian Mode is what I personally call “the cool mode”, because it has a great mixture of major and minor sound due to that classy b7 note, and has been used a lot in rock music and blues.

You can play this mode by starting on G, and then play all white keys up to the G an octave above it. Now let’s have a look at a quick overview guide of the Mixolydian Mode.

The Mixolydian Mode – Quick Guide

  • Mode Feeling: Positive, Cool, Rocky, Bluesy
  • Mode Pattern: R – W – W – h – W – W – h – W
  • Mode Formula: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – b7

G - Mixolydian Mode

The Mixolydian Mode – Chord Chart

These are all diatonic triads of the Mixolydian Mode, plus the diatonic 7th chords in parenthesis.



  • I = Major (Dom 7)
  • II = minor (min 7)
  • III = diminished (m7b5)
  • IV = Major (Maj 7)
  • V = minor (min 7)
  • VI = minor (min 7)
  • VII = Major (Maj 7)

Quick Guides on All 7 Modes

PS. Here’s a link to a free printable modes chord chart.


Mikael Baggström - Composer and Sound DesignerMy name is Mikael “Mike” Baggström, and I am a composer, sound designer, artist and educator.

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