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Improvise in Lydian Mode

Introduction

(For more information about building modes, see Understanding Modal Harmony.)

The Lydian mode is similar to the major scale, but with a ♯4. A Lydian vamp will tend to focus on the ♯4 sound as much as possible. One would often hear the Imaj7♯11 as the tonic chord, with other chords also having the same tone.

The tracks here are focused on learning to improvise in B♭ Lydian. The ♯4 of the scale is E instead of the E♭ that would normally appear in B♭ major.

The three backing tracks presented here offer the chance to improvise in B♭ major only, (“Track E”), B♭ Lydian only (“ Track F”) and a track that switches back and forth between the two (“Track EF”).

The Chord Progression

Note that there are three tracks: one for “E”, one for “F” and one for “EF”.

B♭ Ionian (Major)

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a sharp, b flat
d sharp, e flat
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d natural
a natural
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c natural
g natural
d sharp, e flat
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
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d natural
a natural
f natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
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B♭ Lydian

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a sharp, b flat
a sharp, b flat
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d natural
a natural
e natural
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c natural
g natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
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e natural
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d natural
a natural
f natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
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Track “E” — B♭ Major Only

Improvise using the B♭ major scale.

Track “F” — B♭ Lydian Only

Improvise using the B♭ Lydian scale

Track “EF” — B♭ Major, B♭ Lydian

Improvise using B♭ major and B♭ Lydian. Switch back and forth. Be sure to listen carefully for the switch.

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