Lydian Augmented

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The third mode of the Melodic Minor Scale is called the Lydian Augmented. If you're hip with your theory you know that Lydian means the #11 (#4) is present, and Augmented means there's a #5 about too - which perfectly describes this scale!

It's not super commonly used, but if you're playing over a Maj7#5 or an an extended Lydian vamp you might explore this kind of vibe.

The scale formula for the Lydian Augmented is below, it describes the interval distances between each note of the scale. Note the 4 Tones in a row that help give this scale it's unique quality.

 

T

 

T

 

T

 

T

 

S

 

T

 

S

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8


T = Tone [whole step] • S = Semitone [half step]

Comparison With Major Scale

Scales are always compared to the Major Scale to find the intervals used.

 

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

I

C Major Scale

C

D

E

F

G

A

B

C

C Lydian Augmented

C

D

E

F#

G#

A

B

C

Equation

1

2

3

#4

#5

6

7

1

As the name suggests it's easiest to think of this as a Lydian Mode with a raised 5th (#5).

Chords And Extensions

Because we're thinking modally here we're looking at the individual chords you might use this scale over not the Chords In The Key of the Melodic Minor Scale.

The only use I find for this would be over a Maj7 #5 sound. It would sometimes be used over a Lydian vibe like a Maj7#11 sound to create some tension.

Melodic Minor Scale Modes

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