Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Phrygian Mode

Our final mode of this course is the Lydian mode. This mode is based upon the 4th degree, which is harmonised to a major chord. Once you have this mode learnt in both formats shown by Dan, it is time to go back and recap all the modes so far. Once you've done that, you can move onto Part 2 of the modal course.

Summary: Lydian Mode

The Lydian mode is based on the fourth degree of the major scale and is a major sounding mode. This is because it is built from the fourth degree of the scale, which harmonises to a major chord. The F Lydian is as follows:

Formula: Lydian Formula

Another way to work out the Lydian mode, and what we consider to be the best way to do it, is to learn the formula. The formula for this scale is:

Lydian Mode: 1 2 3 #4 5 6 7 8

In Practice: Lydian Scale

To help you put this into practice, here is a shape for the F Lydian scale. Notice that these are the exact same notes as in C major, just starting and ending on F.

All done?


You've now completed Theory Lab: The Modes (Part 1) and taken a huge step forwards in your guitar playing journey.

Feel free to bask in glory for a while, or go ahead and try another course if you're hungry for more.