Lydian Dominant (Lydian b7 Scale)

The Lydian Dominant Scale is often referred to as the Lydian b7 Scale, but goes also under the names Acoustic Scale, Overtone Scale as well as Bartok Scale (from the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók who used the scale). The scale has, for example, been present in modern classical music with a touch of folk music and can deliver a kind of mystic feeling. It is also popular in jazz music with a touch of blues.

The scale differs from the regular Lydian Mode by including a minor seventh, which is the reason for it being called “dominant” (see Dominant scales). Since it includes the minor seventh, the scale is suitable for playing over a dominant seventh chord and especially the 7(#11) chord. The Lydian b7 can be seen as a mode of the Melodic Minor Scale.

C

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

C# / Db

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

D

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

D# /Eb

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

E

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

F

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

F# / Gb

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

G

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

G# / Ab

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

A

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

A# / Bb

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

B

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

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

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