Guitar Chord Progressions And Leads In Lydian

Author: Tommaso Zillio

I have been requested to do a video n the Lydian scale, so here we are!

The Lydian scale has a ‘spacey’, bright character, and it’s used often in prog metal, in movie soundtracks, and by the occasional Jazz player too.

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It’s also a deceptively simple scale… due to the fact that the ’Lydian effect” is quite fragile musically speaking.

For the Lydian scale more than other scales, playing the ‘wrong’ note can completely ruin the effect.

And some of these ‘wrong’ notes are IN THE SCALE!

So in this video we will see:

  • How to avoid the ‘wrong’ notes
  • How to play a lead in Lydian without just regurgitating the entire scale
  • How to write a chord progression that sounds ‘Lydian’

Lydian is already a quite exotic sound, but it’s getting more and more ‘normal’ the more it’s used.

So if you appetite for exotic sounds is not satiated… have a look at a related but very different scale: The Lydian Dominant.

Not your mood?

No problem, you can get something completely different by taking a mode of the Lydian Dominant, and make it a “Melodic MAJOR” scale (yup, major, not minor)

Have fun!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar. To know more do not forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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