A SHARP LYDIAN MODE

‘A Sharp Lydian’ is the 4th mode of the E sharp major scale. The notes in A# Lydian are:

A# – B# – Cx – Dx – E# – Fx – Gx

If you have read the post on understanding the lydian mode, you will know that the lydian mode contains a ‘sharp 4’ (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 4th mode of the major scale (derivative approach). Because the ‘sharp 4’ is the only difference between the lydian mode and the major scale, it is a very simple mode to analyze. Let’s briefly look at how to construct A# lydian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

A sharp major scale has the following notes:

A# – B# – Cx – D# – E# – Fx – Gx

If we ‘raise’ the 4th note, we get the following:

A# – B# – Cx – Dx – E# – Fx – Gx

Derivative Approach:

A# is the 4th note of the E# sharp major scale:

E# – Fx – Gx – A# – B# – Cx – Dx

If we play the E# major scale and start on the 4th note we get the following:

A# – B# – Cx – Dx – E# – Fx – Gx

Let’s look at the A# lydian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

A Sharp Lydian Mode Open Position Frets

A Sharp Lydian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at A# lydian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

A Sharp Lydian Mode 1st Position Frets

A Sharp Lydian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at A# lydian in the 5th position (lowest fret is 5)

A Sharp Lydian Mode 5th Position Frets

A Sharp Lydian Mode 5th Position Notes

Now let’s look at A# lydian in the 6th position (lowest fret is 6)

A Sharp Lydian Mode 6th Position Frets

A Sharp Lydian Mode 6th Position Notes

Now let’s look at A# lydian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

A Sharp Lydian Mode 9th Position Frets

A Sharp Lydian Mode 9th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at A# lydian in the 12th position (lowest fret is 12)

A Sharp Lydian Mode 12th Position Frets

A Sharp Lydian Mode 12th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of A# lydian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the lydian mode, check out lydian mode explained.

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