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Watch the Week 3: Lydian | Rock Lick 1 online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Modal Mother Lode Alpha

The Lydian Mode

The Lydian mode - the 4th mode of the Diatonic series - trades the b7 for a #4 in its parallel comparison to the Ionian formula. Again, that one alteration makes a world of difference and creates the modern sound Lydian is notoriously known for. It's edgy and evocative and goes like this:

1 2 3 #4 5 6 7

The fingering change Lydian brings with its #4 degree will be felt more so than Mixolydian. Part of that is due to the tritone being located between the root and #4 degrees, which brings forth its modern, more aggressive texture. That said, Lydian is the choice for when you need to spice things up when playing over major chords of all types or when needing that edge when composing.

The Rock Lick
Lydian takes the rock lick, note-for-note, and injects a #4. That one alteration reeks a bit of havoc for some fingerings as you'll see. Just remember to apply the suggested rolls and take my advise to use a raking technique to close some gaps before bends when needed. At the close of the lick you'll have a very awesome Csus#4(2) to dig on.

The Funk Vamp
In regards to the #4 and its resultant tritones you'll see a new extender pop up on the 4th fret, 4th string. Just like Mixo- there will be signature stacks helping to deliver the sound of Lydian. Watch for the suggested fret hand 4th finger approach to some of the stacks with augmented 4ths - it will help big time with masking smooth changes make it happen for you. At the close of this double eight bar vamp will be an edgy Cmaj7#11.

The Blues Solo
Lydian begins the pushing of the envelope here in the blues solo with that #4 providing some very interesting melodic textures. This solo continues the vertical approach first established by Mixolydian with its movable permutations. Be sure to embrace that #4 with pride and bend with gusto!

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