Lydian Dominant Mode

The Lydian Dominant Mode is the fourth mode of the Melodic Minor Scale and it contains 7 notes.

These notes are:

Root – M2nd – M3rd – A4th – P5th – M6th – m7th

So, for a C Lydian Dominant Mode, these notes would be:

C – D – E – F# – G – A – Bb

There are three different fingerings presented for both the one and two octave Mode. These fingerings start with your index, middle and pinky fingers respectively. Not everyone will find every fingering comfortable or practical, so feel free to experiment with these different fingerings and find one, or two or three, that fit well with your hands.

Notice how the Lydian Dominant Mode is only one note different than the Lydian Mode we’ve added a flat 7th compared to the Lydian Mode. Knowing this will not only raise your theory chops, but it also makes it easier to learn these fingerings on the guitar. Just take any Lydian Mode, lower the 7th note by one fret, and voila, instant Lydian Dominant Mode.

Each fingering is presented on a C Lydian Dominant Mode, but make sure to practice these in all 12 keys so that you learn you neck, as well as take these fingerings into every possible spot on the neck.

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Lydian Dominant Mode One Octave Fingerings

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Lydian Dominant Mode Two Octave Fingerings

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2 Responses to "Lydian Dominant Mode"

  1. Abrar says:

    Please do an article on application on Lydian Dominant mode. I wonder how to use this mode! I will be very happy if do a tutorial/article on the application of this mode! kindly notify me at my email address if you response!

    1. Matthew Warnock says:

      Hi Abrar,
      thanks for checking out the site, I already did an article on how to use the lydian Dominant scale, check it out.

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