Jazz Guitar – Lydian Scale

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert guitarist Dan Leonard demonstrates the Lydian scale on the jazz guitar.

    Dan Leonard

    Guitarist Dan Leonard has been a full time performer and teacher since 1987. He has taught hundreds of students jazz, blues and rock improvisation; from intermediates to working professionals. Over the years he has distilled his approach into the basis for his forthcoming instructional book “Organizing the fretboard for improvisation”. Dan began his career playing in regional rock bands. After studying classical guitar and composition in college he turned his focus to jazz, which is where it has stayed to this day. He is currently guitarist with Blind Pig recording artist Deanna Bogart as well as leader of The Dan Leonard Trio. His first solo recording “Time Alone” was released in 2000 with the follow-up, “The Middle Path” due out in the fall. His many performances include The Vaison Jazz Festival in France, The Monterey Blues Festival and The Clearwater Jazz Festival.

    Dan Leonard: Hi! I'm Dan Leonard and I'm going to be continuing on with these scales for jazz improvising.

    Another major type scale is called the Lydian scale, and once again, I'll be basing these around the five chord forms.

    The Lydian scale is just like a major scale but it has a sharped fourth note. So, this is the sharped fourth note, and you can come up with a whole new set of fingerings for the Lydian scale.

    I'll just play it through around each chord form.

    So, that's the Lydian scale, and basically that's another scale choice if you are improvising over a major seventh chord. A Major scale and a Lydian scale are both possible choices. Initially it's good to just learn the fingerings and then practice improvising and using your ear you can decide which sound you want to achieve.