Open up any music theory book and you’ll find the term “lydian.”
A funny sounding word that refers to the fourth mode of the major scale…
You’ve, no doubt, played this scale. You’ve probably even practiced it in every key and studied it’s relationship to the tonic.
But what if I told you that you don’t know this scale. That the way that most theory books and teachers teach this mode is putting you into a harmonic straightjacket.
If you’ve only practiced this scale as an exercise, you’re missing out on a sound and harmonic approach that has been utilized by some of the greatest modern improvisers and musicians like Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson, Mark Turner and Jacob Collier.
And today we’re going to show you the secret to unlocking this sound – turning a mundane theory concept into a real musical technique that you can use in your solos.
Let me show you what I mean…
The lydian mode: What you really need to know
In Western music theory, “lydian” refers to the fourth mode of the Major scale:
It’s one of the seven musical modes of each key, defined by a raised 4th scale degree. In jazz theory the term lydian becomes synonymous with any number of scales that feature the #11.
This definition is fine if you want to memorize your major scales or pass a test, but if you want to improvise over this sound, you need a different approach – … Read More