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Lydian Magic Part 1

Posted on May 7, 2011

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  • May 10, 2011


    Hey Claude, great lesson, modes are an interesting topic im sure lots of your readers will appreciate.
    I have a little objection though. On the E lydian there is no Bb, it’s an A#. I know it’s the same note in practice considering enharmony, but considering musical theory it’s not. Bb would be the diminished 5fth of the mode (in fact you could play an E lydian over an E diminished chord as long as you dont play the 7th) but the deal with lydian is you have a major 7th chord with an augmented fourth. To put it simply, it’s an ionian with the 4th sharp, so you shouldnt call the fourth note a Bb cause it acts as an A# in the lydian mode.

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    • July 30, 2014


      I believe he said the chord had an augmented 11 which is a 4#. You were right about using a# versus b flat since the root key is e

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  • May 11, 2011

    Brandon Walker

    Hi – I have what I find to be a twist on the Lydian mode. I compine the myxolydian 7th note, thereby creating a |1 – 2 – 3 – b5 – 5 – 6 – b7 – oct.| sequence. the difference may be subtle, and it obviously deviates from the diatonic, but the possibilities in harmony are great; consider the maj3rd interval between b5th and b7th.
    The sequence provides a “can’t put my finger on it” sense of tonality. Please try it out.


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  • May 11, 2011


    hi, claude, just to let you know that there will be a time when i will actually buy some of your great stuff. keep the emails coming. thanks, mate.

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  • May 11, 2011


    Very nice lesson.

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  • May 25, 2011


    Hi Brandon!!It is indeed a twist. The mode you just described is what we call “overtone” or dominant lydian mode. It’s the fourth grade of the melodic scale, take a look at it, it’s quite cool, although i recomend you start with the harmonic minor first, it’s easier to fit in ;)

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