JRS Survival Guitar Lesson 13: Lydian Mode

The fourth Mode to learn is the Lydian Mode.

Click on Lydian Mode to hear a midi file example. Note that this F Lydian Mode is played with a F note in the background. Listen how the Mode sounds over this sustained note. This becomes important later, as I teach you to play modally. Hang in there!

The Lydian Mode is shown here, arranged to cover two octaves on the guitar. To play this mode in the key of C (like you did in lesson 10), start the first note of the mode on the 13th fret.

The Lydian Mode is created from notes of the Major Scale. Specificaly, Lydian Mode uses the notes of the Major Scale, starting on the fourth note of the Major Scale. Example: If you have a C Major Scale (which contains the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C), to create a Lydian Mode you would start on the fourth note (F). So, your new F Lydian Mode would consist of the notes F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F.

This mode is has a slightly exotic, major sound when played over certain chords. More on that when we learn to play modally. For now, practice, practice, practice!








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