Watch the Lydian Lick online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

In this lesson, our focus will be on coming up with a musical idea that comes out of the sound of the Lydian mode. Here I'll show you an eight bar idea played over a static Maj7#11 chord. The groove here is a bossa nova pattern. Because of this, I've also included some syncopated phrasing ideas which are indigenous to this sound. While presented in this format, the musical idea itself can be applied to a variety of settings.