A FLAT MIXOLYDIAN MODE

‘A Flat Mixolydian’ is the 5th mode of the D flat major scale. The notes in Ab Mixolydian are:

Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – F – Gb

If you have read the post on understanding the mixolydian mode, you will know that the mixolydian mode contains a ‘flat 7′ (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 5th mode of the major scale (derivative approach). Because the flat 7’ (or ‘lowered 7’) is the only difference between the mixolydian mode and the major scale, it is a very simple mode to analyze. Let’s briefly look at how to construct Ab mixolydian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

Ab Major has the following notes:

Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – F – G

If we ‘lower’ the 7th note, we get the following:

Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – F – Gb

Derivative Approach:

Ab is the 5th note of the Db major scale:

Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C

If we play the Db major scale and start on the 5th note we get the following:

Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – F – Gb

Let’s look at the Ab mixolydian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

Positions Along the Fretboard:

None of the notes in Ab mixolydian can be played on the open strings of the guitar. There is therefor no ‘open position’ for Ab mixolydian. Let’s look at the positions along the fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at Ab mixolydian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

A Flat Mixolydian Mode 1st Position Frets
A Flat Mixolydian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at Ab mixolydian in the 2nd position (lowest fret is 2)

A Flat Mixolydian Mode 2nd Position Frets
A Flat Mixolydian Mode 2nd Position Notes

Now let’s look at Ab mixolydian in the 5th position (lowest fret is 5)

A Flat Mixolydian Mode 5th Position Frets
A Flat Mixolydian Mode 5th Position Notes

Now let’s look at Ab mixolydian in the 8th position (lowest fret is 8)

A Flat Mixolydian Mode 8th Position Frets
A Flat Mixolydian Mode 8th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at Ab mixolydian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

A Flat Mixolydian Mode 9th Position Frets
A Flat Mixolydian Mode 9th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of Ab mixolydian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the mixolydian mode, check out mixolydian mode explained.

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