The Mixolydian #4 Scale

Author: Tommaso Zillio

This is one of the favorite scales of prog metallers…

… AND one of the favorite scales of jazz players.

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Interesting uh? For some of the most experienced players here this may not even come as a surprise.

After all, the prog-jazz connection is well known.

But it sure surprised me the first time I learned this scale.

Now, this scale is known with several names – and I leave to others to determine which one is THE right one for the scale – I care more about its sound than anything else.

But just in case you are wondering, these are a few names for it: Mixolydian #4, 4th mode of Melodic Minor, Lydian b7, Lydian Dominant…

Fun thing: the names are more complex than the scale :)

Here we see a few ways to make music with this scale. Wether you tried this scale again, or this is the first time for you, you will find some interesting musical ideas in here

(So what is better, jazz or prog metal?)

If the video above gave you some ideas…

… then why not keep going with another exotic scale? the Byzantine scale can give you some completely different sounds for your music.

(What if I told you that if I had to choose between jazz and prog metal, I would not even think about it? One is clearly better than the other…)

If the scales above are ‘too tame’ for you… let’s get something more spicy.

Here you can hear the Enigmatic scale – one of the weirdest scales used in music. In fact it was invented as a challenge:


(Oh, and BTW… I was just teasing you. I like both – jazz AND prog)

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar. To know more do not forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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