Jam School: Lydian Changes

by Kristofer Dahl

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  • Let’s look at various concepts that helped me improvise and visualise melodies over Guido’s “Falling In A Lydian Dream” lesson.

    I will be discussing the following topics and how to apply them in a lydian setting:

    * What common pitfalls to avoid
    * The Chinese Scale
    * Major 7 arpeggios
    * Creative re-use of your old licks
    * Whammy bar phrasing
    * Convincing melodies / Smooth changes

    I only used the “A” part of Guido's backing, with the following chords:

    |G A/G | G | G A/G | G |
    |G A/G | G | G A/G | G |
    |F/Eb | Eb| D/C | C |
    |G A/G | G | G A/G | G |


    Here is the corresponding lydian scale for each part:



    As you can see, we have three different lydian tonalities: G lydian, Eb lydian and C lydian. Full scale charts below.


    G LYDIAN MODE

    D Sharp LYDIAN MODE

    C LYDIAN MODE


    ABOUT REC: Feel free to record yourself using the approaches discussed in this lesson and post your take for REC. You should record at least 2 minutes of improvisation.


    Gear / Sound: Ibanez RG652-AHM, Kemper profiler with tweaked Morgan AC20 profile.

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