The Mixolydian b13 Scale | Guitar Lesson with Diagrams

The Mixolydian b13 scale, Mixolydian b6, Aeolian dominant, Hindu scale

What's the mixolydian b13 mode ?

The Mixolydian b13 aka Mixolydian b6 scale is the fifth mode of the melodic minor scale. As its name tells it is precisely the Mixolydian mode with a minor sixth (b6). However, it is sometimes called Aeolian dominant because it is built with the same notes as the Aeolian scale (sixth mode of the major scale) but with a major third (3) instead of a minor third (b3). It is also known as Hindu scale and belongs to the group of Indian scales.  The formula is 1 -2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - b6 - b7.  The Mixolydian b13 scale is generally played over a dominant chord (7b13) resolving to a tonic minor chord, G7b13 to Cm7 for example.

G mixolydian b13 scale G A B C D Eb F
Formula 1 2 3 4 5 b6 (b13) b7
Intervals W W W W H W W

 

Mixolydian modes comparison

Here is a quick comparison of the three main dominant modes found in jazz music, namely Mixolydian b13, Mixolydian and Dominant bebop. The Dominant bebop scale has an extra note, a major seventh (7) between the minor seventh (b7) and the root note (1).

Mixolydian b13 scale 1 2 3 4 5 b6 (b13) b7 X
Mixolydian 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 X
Dominant bebop scale 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 7

 

Mixolydian b6 guitar diagrams

Mixolydian b13 scale guitar diagram 1

Mixolydian b13 scale guitar diagram 2

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Last edited: 25/05/2018