Lydian Mode

The Lydian Mode is the fourth of the seven modes. You can see that Lydian scales are related to Major: the F Lydian is like a C Major played from F. The intervals in the Lydian Mode are also similar to the major scale, only the fourth note deviates. See also Lydian Dominant.

The best practice for hearing the scale in action, is playing it over a chord with the same root, for example, F Lydian over a F major chord.

C

C Lydian scale diagram
Notes: C, D, E, F#, G, A, B, C

C# / Db

C# Lydian scale diagram
Notes: Db, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, Db

D

D Lydian scale diagram
Notes: D, E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D

D# /Eb

D# Lydian scale diagram
Notes: Eb, F, G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb

E

E Lydian scale diagram
Notes: E, F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E

F

F Lydian scale diagram
Notes: F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F

F# / Gb

F# Lydian scale diagram
Notes: Gb, Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, Gb

G

G Lydian scale diagram
Notes: G, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G

G# / Ab

G# Lydian scale diagram
Notes: Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab

A

A Lydian scale diagram
Notes: A, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A

A# / Bb

A# Lydian scale diagram
Notes: Bb, C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb

B

B Lydian scale diagram
Notes: B, C#, D#, F, F#, G#, A#, B

Lydian Scales overview
C: C, D, E, F#, G, A, B, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, E#, F##, G#, A#, B#, C# / Db, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, Db
D: D, E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D
D#/Eb: D#, E#, F##, G##, A#, B#, C##, D# / Eb, F, G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb
E: E, F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E
F: F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A#, B#, C#, D#, E#, F# / Gb, Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, Gb
G: G, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, B#, C##, D#, E#, F##, G# / Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab
A: A, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A
A#/Bb: A#, B#, C##, D##, E#, F##, G##, A# / Bb, C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb
B: B, C#, D#, F, F#, G#, A#, B

Intervals: 1, 2, 3, 4#, 5, 6, 7
Semi-notes: 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1
Formula: Whole, Whole, Whole, Half, Whole, Whole, Half

The Lydian scales in musical notes are available in the member area.
The scale in all keys can be downloaded as a PDF-file.

Relative keys – Lydian and Major

The same notes can be found in different Major and Lydian scales:

If you already know the Major scales, the relative Lydian starts on the fifth.

The ancient heritage

The Lydian scale emerged in the ancient Greece together with other scales such as Locrian and Phrygian. The names were taken from regions or people – the Lydians once lived in a region in western Anatolia.

Altered Lydian scales

Two relevant scales are the Lydian #2 (sharp two) and Lydian #5 (sharp five). These are identical to the Locrian except for the raised second and raised fifth. Notice that Lydian #2 is relative to the Melodic Minor.

A third altered Lydian scale is Lydian b7 (flat seven), also known as Lydian Dominant and mentioned above. These are all altered Lydian scales.