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. The maj9#11 is the first of three 6-note chords in this article. Chord intervals: Root, major third, perfect fifth, major seventh, major second = R-M3-P5-7-M2 = 1-3-5-7-9-#11 -G, Pingback: Modal Chord Progressions! I use the major 7th, but I rarely use this chord or the maj13#11. I have an old note that Sting uses an add#11 chord in either Synchronicity or Synchronicity II. As soon as  you play the I-chord and follow it with a major II-chord (C moving to D), you feel tempted to follow the D with a G chord, and now your music just sounds like G major, not C lydian. To varying degrees, they keep the C chord in its sights, and allow you to make best use of the odd little twist that occurs on the major II: It’s not very easy to make lydian work for an entire song, because it takes a lot of effort to make C sound like the tonal focus. Both #2 and 3 sound better if you can reach the root note on the low E string. Great read though. If you are going to add a #11 in one of the IV chords, then you’ll either have to go to the I chord of the root scale or figure out how to make to cycle back to the IV chord. Fmaj13#11 chords: #’s 1 and 2 sound great but #1 is a little hard to hold. The single identifying feature of Lydian chords and the Lydian mode is the augmented 4th interval, also known as the sharp 11 (#11). Thank you so much for opening my eyes/ears to something I was so blind/deaf to…GOOD STUFF!! Hi Gary, I just love all of your e-books. All open chords for every chord type in every key. I do hip hop as well as other styles like r&b, neo soul, and jazz. Read my Music Intervals article if you are unfamiliar with intervals so that you can understand how these chords are built. It’s not easy to base a song on a Lydian chord progression. All PayPal contributions are greatly appreciated! The material presentation is not only precise but also specific for easy grasp. A chord progression like F-G-F is ideal. If the augmented 4th is the main interval that defines the Lydian mode, then the maj7#11 chord is the main Lydian chord that you see in articles about the Lydian mode. Let’s say you’re trying to write a song in C lydian. It’s not easy to base a song on a Lydian chord progression. I also like #’s 5 and 7. God bless. In the very beginning they are using Lydian scale with a progression which goes C em D am em D. If you do it right the melody will sound awesome. that pro songwriters have known for decades. And that gets to the problem with lydian progressions. #6 is good too, the other voicings are “okay”. #9 is definitely my favorite. Too many notes for me and the maj7#11 is all you need for the Lydian sound. I included the fingerings I prefer but I make notes about some of the chords with different finger options. This article covers all the Lydian chords built on the 4th scale degree (F Lydian mode) of the C major scale. A lydian chord progression has a quirky, eccentric way of grabbing attention. Fmaj7#11 chords: #1 is the best but I also like #’s 6 and 7. They have very clearly answered so many of the things about music writing which I've never been able to really find a clear answer to before. Lydian chords may function as subdominants or substitutes for the tonic in major keys. 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. (I say “kind of tonic” because the term “tonic” really does belong in a discussion about major/minor music, not modes.). To be even more specific, a Lydian chord is a major triad with the addition of an augmented 4th. , Cheers, Stephen. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. -Gary, Pingback: Musical Modes Characteristics | The Audio Blog of Lars Lentz. Time to take your natural instincts to a new level! Yes I should have clarified that the G was referring to the key. Glad you found it useful! Lydian mode chord chart. Chord intervals: Root, major third, perfect fifth, major sixth, major second, augmented 4th = R-M3-P5-M6-M2-A4 = 1-3-5-6-9-#11 Really enjoyed this post, and learned something completely new. If you know how to build chords then you are probably rolling your eyes at the “add#11” chord. Read more. Use any of the Lydian chords above on the IV chord of a song written in a major key, or the VI chord in a natural minor key. As a beginner, I have visited a number of sites offering music lessons and I find your site more trainee friendly. Due to the coronavirus, I have lost 80% or more of my income. You will be surprised by how it can change the overall sound of the IV chord. As a result, jazz guitar players will often drop the perfect 5th to make it easier to hold each chord and therefore change from chord to chord. I think they are brilliant and fabulous to learn by. The Essential Secrets of Songwriting, © 2020, Ten songwriting eBooks - one great bundle price! That song only has 2 chords: B and A major. F major and G major triads = F6 add9/#11 Wouldn’t it be F# though since it’s the 4th degree? So you’re hearing the effects of using the lydian mode when you hear the progression A  B (both major chords), as you hear at the start of the first verse of Burton Cumming’s 1978 song “Rhapsody.” But in that case, Cummings uses the major II-chord as a sound effect rather than part of a fully lydian progression: the progression then slips easily into basic A major chords. Here are some progressions you can try that might help achieve that. The following chords are the most important four note chords of this scale: Fmaj7 (I7): F-3, A-3, C-4, E-4 Gdom7 (II7): G-3, B-3, D-4, F-4 Amin7 (iii7): A-3, C-4, E-4, G-4 Bmin7b5 (ivø7): B-3, D-4, F-4, A-4 Cmaj7 (V7): C-4, E-4, G-4, B-4 Dmin7 (vi7): D-4, F-4, A-4, C-5 Emin7 (vii7): E-4, G-4, B-4, D-5 You have been stellar in my book. Here is a chord diagram of the symbols I use in my chord blocks: * There are alternate fingerings for a lot of the chord voicings in this article so experiment until you find a way to hold the chords that are best for you. The major 7 sharp eleven is the quintessential Lydian chord and is the chord you will always see when Lydian chords are discussed. F add9/#11 chords: #1 sounds amazing but 2 and 3 are good as well.