Watch the Lydian online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Modes That Matter
The sound of Lydian could be described as tense, aggressive, and expansive. Overall Lydian brings forth a modern sound to any style it’s played over especially in a rock setting. As you horizontally play Lydian over the accompanying jam track try switching back and forth to Ionian. Doing so will help shine the light on what the Lydian mode brings to the sonic table. You’ll run into many instances where the chords will allow for either mode and it will be up to you to make the call. And, don’t think that call can’t be playing both!