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Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale - The Lydian Augmented Mode

Published May 23rd, 2003. © Chris Juergensen/chrisjuergensen.com. All Rights Reserved.

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The Lydian Augmented Scale -This mode is the scale of choice for a maj7#5 chord but can be used effectively over a maj7th chord if you 'aint scared to bend the rules a little.

 
Melodic minor scale patterns:
Pattern 1
Pattern 2
Pattern 3
Pattern 4
Pattern 5

Review time. These are all the modes of the melodic minor scale. This lesson will deal with the third mode, the lydian augmented mode.
 
1. Melodic Minor
2. Dorian b2 mode
3. Lydian Augmented mode
4. Lydian Dominant mode
5. Mixolydian b6 mode
6. Locrian #2 mode
7. Altered mode (sometimes called the Super Locrian mode)
 
Examine the chart below. By checking thevery bottom row of the chart you can find out what chord the mode works for. Ex: the C lydian augmented mode is the same as the A melodic minor scale and works over a Cmaj#5 chord.
 
melodic minor
dorian b2
lydian augmented
lydian dominant
mixolydian b6
locrian #2
altered
A
B
C
D
E
F#
G#
E
F#
G
A
B
C#
D#
B
C#
D
E
F#
G#
A#
F#
G#
A
B
C#
D#
E#
min/maj7
min7
maj7#5
7
7
min7b5
altered 7

The lydian augmented mode
The name tells you exactly what it is; a lydian scale with a raised 5th.
 
Chords from the lydian augmented mode: maj7#5, maj7(#5,#11), maj13#5. The maj7#5 chord can also be thought of as a slash chord, Ex: Cmaj7#5 = E/C
 
Compare the major scale to the lydian augmented scale below and check out the differences.
 
C major
 
C lydian augmented
 
This mode of the melodic minor scale is perfect for a maj7#5 chord but can also be used creatively over any major family chord. The rule to remember: lydian augmented mode = melodic minor scale down a minor 3rd.
Test time. Get out your pencil and paper and then check your answers down at the bottom.
 
Test
1. Ab lydian augmented = ? mm 6. E lydian augmented = ? mm
2. Eb lydian augmented = ? mm 7. D lydian augmented = ? mm
3. Bb lydian augmented = ? mm 8. G lydian augmented = ? mm
4. C lydian augmented = ? mm 9. A lydian augmented = ? mm
5. F lydian augmented = mm 10. dB lydian augmented = ? mm
 
First get used to the sound of the lydian augmented mode by playing over a static Amaj7#5 using a F# melodic minor scale. When your ready, go on and try improvising over the following chord progression. Use an E dorian scale (D major) over the Emin9 chord, a A lydian augmented scale (F# melodic minor) over the Amaj7#5 chord, a Bb lydian scale (F major) over the Bbmaj13 chord and a B altered scale (C melodic minor) over the B7#9#5 chord. Take it slowly, this chord progression sounds best as a ballad.
 

Test Answers
1. F mm 6. C# mm
2. C mm 7. B mm
3. G mm 8. E mm
4. A mm 9. F# mm
5. D mm 10. Bb mm
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