Lydian Mode/Scale: Interactive Piano & Guitar Reference with Chords

    🎨 A visual piano and guitar reference to the Lydian mode (aka Lydian scale), which is the 4th mode of the major scale. The Lydian mode is created from the major scale by raising the 4th scale degree. The Lydian mode is major-sounding and sounds dreamy and ethereal.

    This reference includes the notes and chords on the piano keyboard for each Lydian scale.

    Lydian mode formula:
    1 - 2 - 3 - #4 - 5 - 6 - 7

    Lydian Mode: Reference Table

    First, a reference table for the Lydian mode/scale for all the keys. The keys are in order of 5ths, as with the circle of fifths. This illustrates the close relationship between keys that are a 5th distance apart.

    I II iii iv° V vi vii I
    C D E F♯ G A B C
    G A B C♯ D E F♯ G
    D E F♯ G♯ A B C♯ D
    A B C♯ D♯ E F♯ G♯ A
    E F♯ G♯ A♯ B C♯ D♯ E
    B C♯ D♯ E♯ F♯ G♯ A♯ B
    F♯ G♯ A♯ B♯ C♯ D♯ E♯ F♯
    D♭ E♭ F G A♭ B♭ C D♭
    A♭ B♭ C D E♭ F G A♭
    E♭ F G A B♭ C D E♭
    B♭ C D E F G A B♭
    F G A B C D E F

    Lydian Mode on Guitar

    Here you can visualize the different keys of the Lydian mode on the guitar fretboard. You can highlight the notes in each of the lydian scales using the CAGED or the Three Notes Per String (TNPS) systems.

    Select a Key:

    Scale:

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    Lydian Mode on Piano

    And now for each of the keys/scales in more detail. Tip: click the lock icon to trigger the chords of that key using buttons 1 through 7 on your keyboard.

    C Lydian

    notes: C D E F♯ G A B

    relative key: G major

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C

    chords in the key of C Lydian

    D Lydian

    notes: D E F♯ G♯ A B C♯

    relative key: A major

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    chords in the key of D Lydian

    E Lydian

    notes: E F♯ G♯ A♯ B C♯ D♯

    relative key: B major

    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E

    chords in the key of E Lydian

    F Lydian

    notes: F G A B C D E

    relative key: C major

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F

    chords in the key of F Lydian

    G Lydian

    notes: G A B C♯ D E F♯

    relative key: D major

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    chords in the key of G Lydian

    A Lydian

    notes: A B C♯ D♯ E F♯ G♯

    relative key: E major

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A

    chords in the key of A Lydian

    B Lydian

    notes: B C♯ D♯ E♯ F♯ G♯ A♯

    relative key: F major

    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B

    chords in the key of B Lydian

    D♭ / C♯ Lydian

    D Lydian: D E F G A B C

    C Lydian: C D E F G A B

    relative key: G major

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    chords in the key of C Lydian

    E♭ / D♯ Lydian

    E Lydian: E F G A B C D

    D Lydian: D E F G A B C

    relative key: A major

    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E

    chords in the key of D Lydian

    G♭ / F♯ Lydian

    G Lydian: G A B C D E F

    F Lydian: F♯ G♯ A♯ B♯ C♯ D♯ E♯

    relative key: C major

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    chords in the key of F Lydian

    A♭ / G♯ Lydian

    A Lydian: A B C D E F G

    G Lydian: G A B C D E F

    relative key: D major

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A

    chords in the key of G Lydian

    B♭ / A♯ Lydian

    B Lydian: B C D E F G A

    A Lydian: A B C D E F G

    relative key: F major

    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B

    chords in the key of A Lydian


    Piano Samples

    The piano samples used for this lydian scale reference are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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