Lydian #2 mode - Guitar lesson with diagrams and charts

What's the Lydian #2 mode

The Lydian #2 mode a.k.a Lydian #9 is the sixth mode of the harmonic minor scale. It is a major scale, a normal Lydian mode with a raised second (#2) instead of a natural second (2) thus giving the formula 1 - #2 (#9) - 3 - #4 (#11) - 5 - 6 - 7. Generally, the basic application of the Lydian #2 mode is over major seventh chords when you want to bring a #9 and a #11 color. Obviously, it is recommended you have a basic understanding of the Lydian mode before.

F Lydian #2 mode F G# A B C D E
Formula 1 #2 (#9) 3 #4 (#11) 5 6 7
Intervals W+H H W H W W H


Comparison between the main Lydian modes 

The Lydian #2 mode should not be confused with the Lydian augmented mode, which is the third mode of the melodic minor scale. Indeed, the Lydian augmented scale has an augmented fourth (#4) and an augmented fifth (#5) but no augmented second (#2). These two modes must not be confused with the Lydian dominant mode, the fourth mode of the melodic minor scale, which have an augmented fourth (#4) and a flattened seventh (b7). As you may have noticed, there are four different Lydian modes. Here is a comparative chart :

Lydian mode 1 2 3 #4 5 6 7
Lydian #2 mode 1 #2 3 #4 5 6 7
Lydian augmented 1 2 3 #4 #5 6 7
Lydian dominant 1 2 3 #4 5 6 b7


Lydian #2 mode - Guitar diagrams

Lydian #2 mode guitar diagram 1

Lydian #2 mode guitar diagram 2

Lydian #2 mode - One octave shapes

Lydian #2 mode one octave shapes

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Last edited: 17/02/2018