Deeper inside the Lydian Mode

First read the Lydian Mode Applications Tutorial at my website: http://lessons.mikedodge.com

The Lydian scale fits VERY nice over a add9 chord or a add9sus#11 chord.

So, you can use and E Lydian Scale for an Eadd9 chord, or an Eadd9sus#11. (these chords are found in that Lydian Tutorial at my lesson site).

But, the Lydian Mode contains MANY add9 chords within it:

Eadd9 F#add9 G#add9 Badd9 C#add9

With an E pedal-tone these chords can be used in various ways, here's one:

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      Badd9          C#add9         Eadd9	   F#add9	     G#add9

E--------------|--------------|---------------|----------------|-----------------|
B--------------|--------------|---------------|----------------|-----------------|
G-----------6--|-----------8--|-----------11--|------------13--|-------------15--|
D--------4-----|--------6-----|--------9------|--------11------|---------13------|
A-----2--------|-----4--------|-----7---------|-----9----------|-----11----------|
E--0-----------|--0-----------|--0------------|--0-------------|--0--------------|
With the droning E note they can also all be named from the E note: Eadd6/9, Emaj7/6, Eadd9, Eadd6/9
When naming then from the E Root it puts all of these chords within the E Lydian scale. These are common characteristic harmonies of Lydian, in this case E Lydian.


You can handle these the Steve Vai way:


   Badd9                      C#add9                     Eadd9	                      F#add9

E--------------------------|--------------------------|----------------------------|------------------------------|
B--------------------------|--------------------------|----------------------------|------------------------------|
G--------------------6--6--|--------------------8--8--|--------------------11--11--|----------------------13--13--|
D--------------4--4--------|--------------6--6--------|--------------9--9----------|--------------11--11----------|
A--------2--2--------------|--------4--4--------------|--------7--7----------------|--------9--9------------------|
E--0--0--------------------|--0--0--------------------|--0--0----------------------|--0--0------------------------|

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Now here's a little line I use to "capture" the Lydian sound in rock, or fusion (think quick Pentatonic phrases of Mahavishnu Orchestra):

Play this as 16th notes ending on the "and of 4".

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Eadd9

E--------------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------------|
G--------------------------13--15--13--------------------------|
D------------------13--14--------------14--13------------------|
A----------13--14------------------------------14--13----------|
E--12--14----------------------------------------------14--12--|

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Ok, here's another great way to fulfill your Lydian jones. The bars are not measures but to show you Pentatonic-ish groups of notes found across the fretboard within the Lydian scale:

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  Eadd9

E-----|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|---------------------------------|
B-----|--------------------|--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|---------------------------------|
G-----|--------------------|--------------4--6--|--------------8--6--|----------------9-11--|------------------11--13--|--15--13-------------------------|
D-----|--------------2--4--|--------4--6--------|--------8--6--------|---------9--11--------|----------11--13----------|----------14--13-----------------|
A-----|--------2--4--------|--4--6--------------|--9--7--------------|--9--11---------------|--11--13------------------|------------------14--13---------|
E--0--|--2--4--------------|--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------14--12-|

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Here's another view of this as chords. This is very Vai-ish too:

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E----------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------|
G-----4--6--------8--11----------13--15--|
D--4--2--4--6--9--6--9---11--13--11--13--|
A--2--------4--7---------9---11----------|
E--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---0---0---0---0---|
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[b]Now here's where your brain starts feeling like a sieve![/b]

That E Lydian scales note names are also the same note names as B Ionian, C# Dorian, D# Phrygian, F# Mixolydian, G# Aeolian, A# Locrian!

So, EVERYTHING I've shown so far can be used for ANYTHING that stems from the Key of B Major, or any Modes of B Major!!!!

Now go learn all that stuff in every Key ;) Seriously!!!!!



Ok, here's a chord progression I mess around with that lets me play Modally using multiple Lydian scales: 

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||: Eadd9 | Eadd9sus#11 | Eadd9 | Eadd9sus#11 | Gadd9 | Gadd9sus#11 | Gadd9 | Gadd9sus#11 | Aadd9 | Aadd9sus#11  Aadd9 | Aadd9sus#11 | Eadd9 | Eadd9sus#11 :||
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Eadd9

E--0--
B--0--
G--1--
D--4--
A--2--
E--0--


Eadd9sus#11

E--0--
B--0--
G--3--
D--4--
A--2--
E--0--


Gadd9

E--0--
B--0--
G--2--
D--0--
A--x--
E--3--

Gadd9sus#11

E--x--
B--2--
G--2--
D--0--
A--x--
E--3--

Aadd9

E--x--
B--2--
G--4--
D--2--
A--0--
E--x--

Aadd9sus#11

E--x--
B--4--
G--4--
D--2--
A--0--
E--x--


Now, let's go back you my little Pentatonic-Lydian lick and use it over each chord to set the mood and scale to chord relationship. The idea is this:

1. play the E Lydian over the E chords
2. play the G Lydian over the G chords
3. play the A Lydian over the A chords

[code]

Eadd9

E--------------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------------|
G--------------------------13--15--13--------------------------|
D------------------13--14--------------14--13------------------|
A----------13--14------------------------------14--13----------|
E--12--14----------------------------------------------14--12--|


Gadd9

E------------------------------------------------|
B------------------------------------------------|
G---------------------4--6--4--------------------|
D---------------4--5-----------5--4--------------|
A--------4--5------------------------5--4--------|
E--3--5------------------------------------5--3--|


Aadd9

E-----------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------|
G--------------------6--8--6--------------------|
D--------------6--7-----------7--6--------------|
A--------6--7-----------------------7--6--------|
E--5--7-----------------------------------7--5--|

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Here's a little chord thing you can use in A Lydian:

[code]

E----------------------|
B----------------------|
G--4--6--8--9--11--13--|
D--2--4--6--7--9---11--|
A--0--0--0--0--0---0---|
E----------------------|
And remember, you can break this out into single notes too:
E-----------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------------------------|
G--------4--------6--------8--------9--------11---------13--|
D-----2--------4--------6--------7--------9---------11------|
A--0--------0--------0--------0--------0---------0----------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------|

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Hopefully that sheds some light on a new way to open up the fretboard. This stuff can provide hours, day, months, and years of wasted time ;)

Good luck!