Major and Mixolydian comparison

The Major scale compared to the Mixolydian mode with diagrams and explanation.
The Major and the Mixolydian are seven-note scales. The scales are similar, only one tone differs (as seen in the comparing tables below). The deviation is the flattened 7th which gives Mixolydian its dominant sound.

A Major scale degrees and notes.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
A B C# D E F# G#

A Mixolydian scale degrees and notes.

1 2 3 4 5 6 b7
A B C# D E F# G

Scale diagrams

The scale diagrams show A Major and A Mixolydian (shape 1) in two octaves.

A Major

A Major scale diagram

A Mixolydian

A Mixolydian scale diagram

Graphic comparison

The scale diagram shows Major and Mixolydian modes merged (the added Mixolydian notes in light green).

Major and Mixolydian scales merged diagram

Scale box relationships

A Major shape 1 is identical (besides the root notes) with E Mixolydian shape 3.

A Major (shape 1)

A Major scale diagram

E Mixolydian (shape 3)

E Mixolydian scale shape 3 diagram