Easy Way to Play the Lydian Triads

Now I’d like to cover what I refer to as lydian triads. The lydian triads come from the lydian mode, which is the fourth mode of the major scale. The C lydian mode would be like this. C, D, E, F sharp, G, A, B, C. So the difference between the C major or C ionian mode and the C lydian mode is the fourth. The fourth is raised from F to F sharp. You know how earlier we took the major triad and we converted it into suss two and suss four by replacing the E with either the 2nd or the 4th. We’re going to do the same thing this time. So let’s take this C major triad and instead of playing the E this time, we’re going to play the F sharp. That has an interesting sound to it. So let’s go up here to the first inversion. There’s A, G, C. We’re going to replace E with F sharp. Here’s the second inversion. We just raise E to F sharp. That gives us a lydian sound. Another thing we can do is leave E alone this time and lower G to G flat or F sharp. So here we have C major again, and again, lower the G to G flat or F sharp. That also gives us a lydian sound. Here’s the first inversion, C over E. Now we’re going to lower the G again to G flat or F sharp. Here’s the second inversion. We’re going to lower the G to G flat. That gives us some lydian sounds with our triads.

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