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.

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: C#, D#, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, C#

D

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

D# /Eb

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

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: F#, G#, A#, C, C#, D#, F, F#

G

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

G# / Ab

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

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#, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, C#
D: D, E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D
D#/Eb: D#, F, G, A, Bb, C, D, D#
E: E, F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E
F: F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A#, C, C#, D#, F, F#
G: G, A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, C, D, Eb, F, G, G#
A: A, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A
A#/Bb: 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

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.