5 Lydian-Mode Chord Progressions, and How They Work

October 30, 2014

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A lydian chord progression has a quirky, eccentric way of grabbing attention.


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Twisted Piano KeyboardThe lydian modal scale sounds like a major scale with the 4th note raised by a semitone. So the scale of C lydian uses the notes C-D-E-F#-G-A-B-C [LISTEN]. It has a quirky offbeat sound, and melodies constructed using the lydian scale will sound a bit eccentric, as if it’s purposely missing every time it goes for that 4th note of the scale.

As with all modes, you can create chord progressions that are based on the notes of the lydian scale, and just like the melodies, the progressions can sound pleasantly strange…

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