Lydian Mode

Lydian Mode

Formula W W W H W W H
F Lydian F G A B C D E F

Intervals R M2 M3 +4 P5 M6 M7 P8

Characteristic Pitches: None
Characteristic Progressions: I-II or I-VIIm

The mode built off the fourth degree is an soaring, ethereal mode. While it technically doesn’t have a characteristic avoid note, the sharp fourth degree differentiates it from the major scale. It is a favorite of jazz and virtuoso rock performers.