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How To Solo Over Major Chords With Lydian



In today’s lesson, our second look at various ways that you can explore when soloing over Major Chords, we’ll be looking at different sounds that come from the Lydian Scale, the 4th mode of the major scale system.

We will check out triads, arpeggios, pentatonic and major scales, how to build and practice these different melodic ideas as well as how to apply them to your soloing ideas.

So without further ado, let’s dig into soloing over Major Chords with Lydian!



Lydian Triad Pairs


The first soloing idea over Major Chords, using an Lydian sound, is the related triad pair for that chord.

Triad pairs are a great way to solo over major chords with a Lydian sound, as they can outline the #4 note, the characteristic note of Lydian, while using easy to play and commonly used shapes on the fretboard, triads.

To apply triad pairs to a Lydian sound over a major chord, you can play the root triad, C in the example below, as well as a triad one tone higher, D in this case.

This will give you the notes C-E-G and D-F#-A, 6 of the 7 notes of the Lydian Scale, but now organized into bite-size 3-note triads.

Here are a few fingerings to check out for a C and D triad pair, one from the 5th and one from the 6th-string root.

Learn them in C first, and then take them to all 12 keys as you explore them further around the fretboard.


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Triad Pair Soloing Exercise


Once you have learned one or both of the above Lydian triad pair fingerings, put on the backing track at the bottom of this article and practice soloing over those chords using only their related triad pair shapes.

Start by sticking to the 6th-string root shapes for each triad, then move on to the 5th-string root, and finally move between both shapes as you navigate the chord changes on the backing track.

You can also choose to play one or the other triad pair, you don’t always have to play both back to back, sometimes just C or just D is enough to get your musical point across in a lick or riff.



Lydian Arpeggios


The next idea that we’ll explore when soloing over major chords is the maj9 arpeggio. Built from the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th notes of the Lydian Mode, maj9 arpeggios are a great way to outline these chords, but with an added color tone, the 9th, to a normal 4-note arpeggio.

Here are two shapes for the Cmaj9 arpeggio that you can explore in your practice routine. Again, learn these shapes in the given key, then take them to all 12 keys as you work them further in the woodshed.


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Arpeggio Soloing Exercise


Once you have learned one or both of the above maj9 arpeggio fingerings, put on the backing track at the bottom of this article and practice soloing over those chords using only their related maj9 arpeggio shapes.

Start by sticking to the 6th-string root shapes for each maj9 arpeggio, then move on to the 5th-string root, and finally move between both shapes as you navigate the chord changes on the backing track.



Lydian Pentatonic Scale


Caught between the arpeggio and major scale, the Lydian Pentatonic Scale has 5 notes, the 1-2-3-#4-6 of the underlying major chord, and so it is a great choice when soloing over major chords in your playing when you want to outline a Lydian sound.

Here are two fingerings to get you started with this fun and easy to play shape on the guitar. Once you work it in C Lydian, take it to the other 11 keys as you continue to explore this sound around the neck of the guitar.


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Pentatonic Soloing Exercise


Once you have learned one or both of the above Lydian Pentatonic Scale fingerings, put on the backing track at the bottom of this article and practice soloing over those chords using only their related Lydian Pentatonic Scale shapes.

Start by sticking to the 6th-string root shapes for each Lydian Pentatonic Scale, then move on to the 5th-string root, and finally move between both shapes as you navigate the chord changes on the backing track.



Lydian Scale


The last melodic idea we will explore in this lesson is the Lydian Mode. The 4th mode of the major scale, this 7-note melodic device is a great way to solo over any given major chord with a Lydian flavor, as it contains the notes of that chord, the maj9 arpeggio and all 3 color tones, 9-#11-13, in it’s construction.

Here are two different fingerings for the C Lydian scale to start you off with. After you have these shapes down, make sure to take them to all 12 keys around the fingerboard.


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Lydian Scale Soloing Exercise


Once you have learned one or both of the above Lydian Scale fingerings, put on the backing track at the bottom of this article and practice soloing over those chords using only their related Ionian Scale shapes.

Start by sticking to the 6th-string root shapes for each Lydian Scale, then move on to the 5th-string root, and finally move between both shapes as you navigate the chord changes on the backing track.



Major Triad Backing Track


The following backing track was built for you to use with the above improvisational exercises. Here is the chord progression on that backing track so you can work through a number of different keys when soloing over this track. Have fun!


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Attached File  Major_Chord_Backing_Track.mp3 ( 3.12MB ) Number of downloads: 306



Do you have any questions or comments about producing a Lydian sound over major chords? Post your thoughts in the comments thread below.

This post has been edited by The Professor: Aug 9 2013, 12:42 PM


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