The Lydian augmented scale - Guitar lesson with diagrams

What's the Lydian augmented scale ?

The Lydian #5 also known as Lydian augmented scale is the third mode of the melodic minor scale. The formula is 1 - 2 - 3 - #4 - #5 - 6 - 7. It contains an augmented fourth (#11) and an augmented fifth (#5). It can be used over maj7#5, maj7#5#11, maj13#5 chords or any other maj7 voicings for a modern sound. Before learning the Lydian #5 mode, it is preferable to master the Lydian mode, which is the fourth mode of the major scale. So, you will understand that the Lydian #5 mode is built the same way as the Lydian scale but with a raised fifth (#5) instead of a natural 5.

Eb Lydian augmented scale Eb F G A B C D
Formula 1 2 3 #4 (#11) #5 6 7
Intervals W W W W H W H

Related chords

Maj7#chord and augmented triad

By stacking the root (1) , major third (3) and augmented fifth (#5) of Eb Lydian #5 you obtain an Eb augmented triad. Now, to get an Ebmaj7#5 chord you just have to add the major seventh (7), thus giving Eb, G, B and D.

Eb Lydian augmented scale Eb F G A B C D
Formula 1 2 3 #4 (#11) #5 6 7


Maj7 #5 guitar chords

Lydian augmented scale - Guitar diagrams

Lydian augmented scale guitar diagram 1

Lydian augmented mode guitar diagram 2

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