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Music Theory for Guitar - Lydian Mode

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Lydian is the mode you get if you play a scale from the 4th note of a major scale. On a keyboard, it would be the scale you get when you play the white keys from F to f.

Lydian is a major scale, as it has a major third. The characterizing tone is an augmented fourth, which means that the fourth note is rised one half step. If you think of it as a scale for improvising, you can use it over a maj7 chord, particulary over the IV chord.

Again the primary chords are the root, and those that contain the characterizing note. These chords are the I, II and vii. If we are in F-lydian, that will be F, G and Em. But I also think of I - II - V as a lydian progression. In F-lydian that will be F - G -C.

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Modes For Guitar
Aspired-to by the many, but understood by the few, the art of soloing with the diatonic modes has challenged and baffled guitarists for many years.
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Modal Mastery for Jazz Guitar Improvisation
Diatonic modal knowledge is essential to the guitarist as a tool for soloing. A solo should be a spontaneous improvisation. Modal Mastery can help store enough information to free yourself from having to search for what you want to play, thus aiding in spontaneity.
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Modal Soloing Strategies for Guitar
Modal Soloing Strategies for Guitar is a comprehensive, multi-faceted study of the seven major-scale modes. Start applying and understanding the modes through sample licks, extended solos, and play-along tracks. In addition, you'll play each mode in all 12 keys, learn different types of fingerings, and even learn the formula for each mode and its relationship to the diatonic chord. Soon, you'll be harmonizing the modes and deriving them by altering other scales. A CD with play-along tracks and demonstrations of all the examples in the book is included.
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Modal Jams and Theory
Using the Modes for Solo Guitar. Not only will this book show you how to play the modes, it will also show you the theory behind mode construction, how to play any mode in any key, how to play the proper mode over a given chord progression, and how to write chord progressions for each of the seven modes.
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Guitar Scales & Modes
7 Essential Scales, Modes, and Licks at Your Fingertips.
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Modes - No More Mystery
Frank presents a clear and easy-to-understand guide to using modes in soloing.
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Jazz Guitar Techniques: Modal Voicings
In this master class DVD, Peckham unlocks the mysteries of modal tonality, with a series of exercises and demonstrations that will expand your vocabulary, no matter what instrument you play.
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Mastering the Modes for the Rock Guitarist
Learn the seven modes, all while playing chords and solos in the styles of the Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Boston, Clapton, Tony Iommi, Jefferson Airplane, Judas Priest, Jimmy Page, Slash and others! Beginner, intermediate and advanced solos are included for each mode, as well as seven jam tracks so you can practice these solos or make up your own. Includes detailed instructions on common chords, and scale patterns for each mode. Contains 3 hours and 18 minutes of great instruction on two DVDs!
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