C FLAT LYDIAN MODE

‘C Flat Lydian’ is the 4th mode of the G flat major scale. The notes in Cb Lydian are:

Cb – Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb

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 Cb lydian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

Cb Major has the following notes:

Cb – Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb

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

Cb – Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb

Derivative Approach:

Cb is the 4th note of the Gb major scale:

Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb – Db – Eb – F

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

Cb – Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

C Flat Lydian Mode Open Position Frets

C Flat Lydian Mode Open Position Notes

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

C Flat Lydian Mode 1st Position Frets

C Flat Lydian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at Cb lydian in the 2nd position (lowest fret is 2)

C Flat Lydian Mode 2nd Position Frets

C Flat Lydian Mode 2nd Position Notes

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

C Flat Lydian Mode 6th Position Frets

C Flat Lydian Mode 6th Position Notes

Now let’s look at Cb lydian in the 7th position (lowest fret is 7)

C Flat Lydian Mode 7th Position Frets

C Flat Lydian Mode 7th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at Cb lydian in the 10th position (lowest fret is 10)

C Flat Lydian Mode 7th Position Frets

C Flat Lydian Mode 10th Position Notes

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

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

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