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The Mixolydian scale can be considered a major scale as its home chord is a major triad. The intervals in this scale after the Tonic note are Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th and Minor 7th.

 

The Swars are Sa, Re, Ga, ma, Pa, Dha, ni – all Shuddh except komal ni

 

In a song is based on A Mixolydian scale, you would commonly find the chords A, D, G. Other chords you can play based on each of the notes would be Bm, C#dim, Em, F#m. Songs based on Raag Khamaj also use the same notes!

 

This scale is also called the Mixolydian Mode or the 5th mode of the Diatonic Scale, as it has the same interval spacing as the standard major scale, but uses the 5th note of the major scale as its Tonic note. 

 

For instance, the G Mixolydian scale (G, A, B, C, D, E, F) is also the 5th mode of the C Diatonic scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B). In other words, songs based on both scales will have the same chords, but the home chord will be different.

 

Here’s a fretboard diagram showing the notes in an A Mixolydian scale.

Read "Khaas Baat" handbook for more!

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