Continuing from last lesson, let’s look at 5 unique and useful Lydian Mode licks for Guitar.
5 Useful Lydian Licks
These lines are all included as audio examples and the Lydian backing track has kindly been provided by Quist.
Soloing Approaches to the Lydian Mode
The following pages once again discuss the various ‘layers’ of the Lydian mode, from 2 note intervals through to 5 note pentatonic scales. Any idea in the following section can be used as an isolated approach or in combination with any other concept.
To begin with, I would advise you to study 3rds and 5ths. Don’t forget to try making patterns out of groups of intervals. A common idea is to ascend two intervals and descend the third. Also, each interval pair can be played backwards.
As discussed, we can isolate the individual triads that are built on each degree of the Lydian mode. By soloing with specific triads we can target or isolate particular scale tones while avoiding others. This creates a focused, angular melody that highlights the unique tonality of each mode. The triads built from the Lydian mode are:
3 Note Triads Built in Lydian
Intervals Against Tonic
1, 3, 5
9, #11, 13
3, 5, 7
#iv minor b5
#11, 13, 1
5, 7, 9
13, 1, 3
7, 9, #11
As one octave shapes in the first position, they are played:
These can be played in 2 octaves in the following manner. (The lowest note in each shape is not always the root).
My favourite approaches are to play:
Minor triad on 7 (G# minor over A Lydian) (7, 9, #11).
Minor triad on 3 (C# minor over A Lydian) (3, 5, 7,).