Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Lydian and Mixolydian modes, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: Harmony.
- I've covered the Dorian and Phrygian mode.…So, now let's move forward to the Lydian mode.…The Lydian mode is a favorite…of composers everywhere.…It's the mode built off the…fourth degree of the major scale…and its interval pattern is nearly…identical to the major scale,…except for the presence of a raised fourth.…Where as the major scale can be described…as happy or natural,…the Lydian scale is often thought of…as beautiful or ethereal.…We hear it frequently used in…movie and TV scores.…Often to represent or highlight…uplifting moments.…
Here is a Lydian mode in C.…Notice the subtle difference from…the major scale, which is the raised fourth.…We can find the C Lydian mode…by looking at the G major scale.…(plays piano)…If we walk up to the fourth degree of G major,…we have C.…And then we'll play the same notes…starting on C to get the C Lydian.…(plays piano)…Here it is back-to-back with the C major scale.…
(plays piano)…That was C major.…Now here's C Lydian.…(plays piano)…The greatest dissidence in the C major scale…is the tri-tone between the leading tone of B…
In this installment, musician Julian Velard digs into more intermediate-level music theory topics. Starting with minor scales, he shows examples of classic songs in minor keys, and then explores the modes of the diatonic scale (e.g., the mixolydian mode). Next, Julian dives into chords with 4 or more notes, covering 7th chords, chord extensions (e.g., 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths), suspended chords, diminished chords, augmented chords, and inversions. Finally, he covers key centers, modulations, pedal points, alternate bass notes, and polychords. At the end of each chapter, Julian explains the techniques shown within the context of his own original songs.
- Working in minor scales
- Using Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and Mixolydian modes to write songs
- Extending chords
- Using 7th chords in a song
- Transposing a song
- Building different harmonies from a single melody
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Minor Keys and Modes
2. Four-Note Chords and Beyond
3. Key Centers, Modulations, and Alternate Bass Notes
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