Lydian mode chord chart

Lydian mode differ with one note from the major scale, something that affect the IV chord in chord progressions. This make diatonic progressions less viable, but on the same time some new chord possibilities turns up. Chords that in Major/Ionian are atonal, such as II6/9, iii9, Vmaj7 and vii.

The first table with chords shows the relationship of all triads in this mode. The first column shows the key note of the mode and on the same row the other chords that fits together with it.

Chords in Lydian modes

i ii III IV v vi VII
C# D# E#m Gdim G# A#m Cm
F# G# A#m Cdim C# D#m Fm
B C# D#m Fdim F# G#m A#m
E F# G#m A#dim B C#m D#m
A B C#m D#dim E F#m G#m
D E F#m G#dim A Bm C#m
G A Bm C#dim D Em F#m
C D Em F#dim G Am Bm
F G Am Bdim C Dm Em
Bb C Dm Edim F Gm Am
Eb F Gm Adim Bb Cm Dm
Ab Bb Cm Ddim Eb Fm Gm
Db Eb Fm Gdim Ab Bbm Cm
Gb Ab Bbm Cdim Db Ebm Fm
Cb Db Ebm Fdim Gb Abm Bbm

Some chord progressions based on the Lydian mode:


E - A - F# - B

C - D - G

F - Dm - Em - G

Lydian is normally not very often used for harmonic and more often for lead guitar, for example in jazz. Yet, it can be used to find new progressions that may not normally be though upon from a major/minor perspective.

Fourth-note chords in Lydian modes

i ii III IV v vi VII
C#maj7 D#7 E#m7 Gm7b5 G#6 A#m7 Cm7
F#maj7 G#7 A#m7 Cm7b5 C#6 D#m7 Fm7
Bmaj7 C#7 D#m7 Fm7b5 F#6 G#m7 A#m7
Emaj7 F#7 G#m7 A#m7b5 B6 C#m7 D#m7
Amaj7 B7 C#m7 D#m7b5 E6 F#m7 G#m7
Dmaj7 E7 F#m7 G#m7b5 A6 Bm7 C#m7
Gmaj7 A7 Bm7 C#m7b5 D6 Em7 F#m7
Cmaj7 D7 Em7 F#m7b5 G6 Am7 Bm7
Fmaj7 G7 Am7 Bm7b5 C6 Dm7 Em7
Bbmaj7 C7 Dm7 Em7b5 F6 Gm7 Am7
Ebmaj7 F7 Gm7 Am7b5 Bb6 Cm7 Dm7
Abmaj7 Bb7 Cm7 Dm7b5 Eb6 Fm7 Gm7
Dbmaj7 Eb7 Fm7 Gm7b5 Ab6 Bbm7 Cm7
Gbmaj7 Ab7 Bbm7 Cm7b5 Db6 Ebm7 Fm7
Cbmaj7 Db7 Ebm7 Fm7b5 Gb6 Abm7 Bbm7

Comment

The four-note chords in the second table are not the only possible four-note chords based on the Lydian, and it can of course be extended to five-note chords as well. The v chord, for example, could also be major 7th, major 9th and major 13th.

Some chord progressions including extended chords based on the Lydian mode:

C - D7 - Gmaj7 - Em7

Fmaj7 - C6 - Em7 - G6sus2 (302030)

Bm7 - A7 - D6


See also Dorian mode chord chart

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