Category Archives: More About Chords

In these articles we look at what can be done with the basic shapes. We start by looking at how to make the minor chords , then the minor 7th and then the minor 9th and 6th. We then look at extending the major chord by making the maj7th chord and the 6th chords. We then look at how to construct the Dominant 7th on all the pattern shapes including the 2 lesser used shapes of D and G. Finally we look at Dominant 7th cords that omit some of the basic chord building notes.

The Mixolydian Mode and why it needs a bit of help

Anyone who is into Blues music or Rock will most likely be very familiar with the sound of the Mixolydian Scale/Mode. However on it’s own the scale may need some help and encouragement  to really develop to it’s  full potential.

Much Blues Piano work which pioneered the Blues used the Mixolydian Scale. However in Blues piano it was important to follow the chord changes (particularly those of the IV chord and V chord) with changes to the Mixolydian appropriate to those chord changes. For example it was rare for a piece played in say the Key of A to stay solely on the A Mixolydian Scale throughout the entire piece over the most likely chord changes of IV ( D Maj) and V (E Maj).  So in Key of A more normally you will encounter that the A Mixolydian changes to D Mixolydian over the IV chord and again may change to E Mixolydian over the V Chord. There is good reason for this as we can see if we examine the scale to find out it’s inherent weaknesses.

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