The Lydian Dominant Pentatonic Scale For Guitar - Charts, Theory and Shapes

The Lydian pentatonic scale is a five-note scale derived from the Lydian dominant scale, fourth mode of the melodic minor scale. It can be constructed in two ways : 

  • One with including a perfect fifth (5), giving the interval formula : Tonic (1), major third (3), augmented fourth (#4), perfect fifth (5), minor seventh (b7).
  • One without the fifth but with a ninth (9) giving the interval pattern : Tonic (1), second (2), major third (3), augmented fourth (#4), minor seventh (b7).

Lydian Dominant Pentatonic Construction

The charts below show the two interval formulas to build the Lydian dominant pentatonic scale. Notice that the tonic (1), third (3) and minor seventh (b7) are present in the two formulas. Notice that it is important not to confuse it with the Lydian pentatonic scale.

Lydian Dominant Pentatonic (1) F A B C Eb
Formula 1 3 #4 5 b7


Lydian Dominant Pentatonic (2) - No fifth F G A B Eb
Formula 1 2 3 #4 b7

Comparison With Lydian Dominant 

Here is a quick comparison showing the differences between the Lydian dominant scales and the two Lydian pentatonic shapes that come from it.

Lydian dominant versus lydian dominant pentatonic guitar scale

Lydian Pentatonic Guitar Shapes

The following diagrams show the main positions for the Lydian dominant pentatonic scale (the one with the fifth). You can see three sorts of shapes : 

  • Four "one-octave shapes" (the notes are included within the space of one octave).
  • Two "two-octave shapes" (the notes cover at least two octaves).
  • 5 Position shapes (the notes are spread out all over the guitar neck).
Lydian dominant pentatonic scale on guitar
Lydian dominant pentatonic scale guitar diagrams
Lydian dominant pentatonic scale guitar shapes

Lydian Pentatonic Guitar Shapes (No Fifth)

The charts below show the Lydian dominant pentatonic shapes with the second (ninth) instead of the perfect fifth.

Lydian dominant pentatonic scale on guitar 2
Lydian dominant pentatonic scale guitar diagrams 2
Lydian dominant pentatonic scale guitar shapes 2
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Last edited: 2021-10-30

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