Dorian and Mixolydian comparison
The Dorian mode compared to the Mixolydian mode with diagrams and explanation.
The Dorian and the Mixolydian modes are seven-note scales. The scales are similar, only one tone differs (as seen in the comparing tables below). Dorian is minor sounding with a minor 3rd whereas Mixolydian is dominant sounding with a flattened 7th and with the rest of the note naturals.
A Dorian scale degrees and notes.
A Mixolydian scale degrees and notes.
The scale diagrams show A Dorian and A Mixolydian (shape 1) in two octaves.
The scale diagram shows Dorian and Mixolydian modes merged (the added Mixolydian notes in light green).
Scale box relationships
E Dorian shape 1 is identical (besides the root notes) with A Mixolydian shape 4.
E Dorian (shape 1)
A Mixolydian (shape 4)