Lydian #2 Mode - Guitar Lesson with Diagrams and Charts

What's the Lydian #2 Scale?

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.

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

How to Play The Lydian # 2 Scale On Guitar?

Here below you will find several guitar diagrams for practicing the Lydian # mode :

  1. Four positions within one octave.
  2. Two positions spanning two octaves.
  3. Seven shapes with three notes per strings (3NPS) for playing it all over the guitar neck. 
Lydian 2 mode one octave shapes guitar
Lydian sharp ninth mode two octave shapes guitar
Lydian augmented second mode guitar shapes

Comparison Between Lydian Modes 

Here is a comparative chart and diagrams between other Lydian modes.

  • The lydian mode is the fourth mode of the major scale.
  • The Lydian augmented and Lydian dominant are the third and fourth mode of the melodic minor scale.
  • The Lydian b3 (aka Lydian diminished) and Lydian augmented #2 are the fourth and sixth mode of the harmonic major scale.
  • The Lydian #2 mode is the sixth mode of the harmonic minor scale.
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 b3 1 2 b3 #4 5 6 7
Lydian Augmented #2 1 #2 3 #4 #5 6 7
Lydian scale comparison 1
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Last edited: 2021-05-17

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