Lydian Mode

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[C major modes] [ C Ionian ] [ Dorian mode ] [ Phrygian mode ] [ Lydian mode ] [ Mixolydian Mode ] [ Aeolian mode ] [ Locrian mode ]

Now we will work on the Lydian Mode. The Lydian Mode is the 4th note in the major key. The 4th note in C Major is the F note. The F chord is a major chord, so the Lydian Mode will be a major mode.

  • So far we have covered the C Major or Ionian mode. The Dorian mode or Dm mode and the E Phrygian or Em mode.
  • Now we will learn the F Lydian mode.
  • Try to memorize all the notes in the F major chord. Also, try to memorize all the notes that make up each chord. Remember, each section to the left has the notes of each chord in the key of C major.

 

Look at the image below. This shows the F starting at the 13th fret low E string. Play from the F note, 2 finger, 13th fret, low E string to F high E string. Notice that the F note is highlighted.

The image below shows the fingering from F to F. Notice I’ve included the E note at the Low E string 12th fret and the G note high E string 15th fret. But remember to play from F to F. Notice the E minor Root note fret pattern below starting at the 12 fret. Play the pattern below a few hundred times. If your having a problem recalling the fingering system, please go back and review the A minor pentatonic and fingering lessons. 

Look at the image very closely below. Notice the F major pentatonic scale in there. 2-4, 1-4, 1-4, 1-3, 2-4, 2-4. You can play this scale over the F too, and is highly recommended. All of the major pentatonic scales have the same fingering pattern. 

2-4, 1-4, 1-4, 1-3, 2-4, 2-4. Check out Am pent at the 8th fret, this is the pattern there for C major pentatonic. It is also the same fingering pattern below at the the 13th fret. It would be the same fingering pattern staring at the 1st fret F note. But here you would have to use some open strings to play it.

In the next lesson we will be covering the 5th mode or G Major mode in C Major. The Greek name for this scale is Mixolydian. The Mixolydian mode is a major mode and is played from G to G in the Key of C. 

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