Aeolian dominant scale

The Aeolian dominant scale (also known as the Hindu scale, the Mixolydian 6 [or 13], Aeolian major,[1] and melodic major[2]) is the fifth mode of the melodic minor scale. It is named such because its sound derives from having a dominant seventh chord on the tonic in the context of what is otherwise the Aeolian mode and because it is on the fifth degree of the melodic minor scale.

Aeolian dominant scale
ModesI, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
Component pitches
C, D, E, F, G, A, B
Number of pitch classes7
Forte number7-34

This scale can also be obtained by raising the third degree of the natural minor scale.

The name melodic major also refers to the combined scale that proceeds as natural major ascending and as Aeolian dominant descending.[3]

The Mask of Zorro song "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You", was composed in the Aeolian dominant scale mode. It was written by film composer James Horner.

See also

Backdoor cadence


  1. Wasson, Andrew. "GUITAR THEORY: The Aeolian Dominant Scale". Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  2. "The Melodic Scales". Retrieved 2019-09-04.
  3. "Archive 01:093". Archived from the original on 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
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