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Harmonic Minor Modes - Lydian #2

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Harmonic Minor Modes - Phrygian-Dominant Harmonic Minor Modes - Diminished

The Lydian #2, like the Lydian and Ionian modes, have a major sound to them because of the major 3rd and major 7th. Because this mode has the augmented 2nd (same as the minor 3rd), this has a bluesy sound to it because the blues scale has a minor 3rd. The augmented second can also be thought of as a sharp 9, but this note isn't used very much in major chords.

|--------Octave------||----Extensions----|

1-#2-3-#4-5-6-7-8-#9-10-#11-12-13

Here are some of the chords we get by stacking 3rds from this mode:

1-3-5= Major Triad

1-3-5-7= Major 7th

1-3-5-7-#9= Major 7#9

1-3-5-7-#9-#11= Major 7(#9#11)

1-3-5-7-#9-#11-13= Major 13(#9#11)

Other possible chords:

1-3-b5=Major triad b5(b5 is enharmonic of #4)

1-3-b5-7= Major 7b5

1-3-5-7-#11= Major 7#11

1-3-5-6= Major 6

1-3-6-7= Major 6/7

1-3-6-#11= Major 6#11

Example 1 is just a one chord Amaj7 vamp. The "meat and bones" of this mode are in the #4, 3 and 7. The #2 will give a bluesy sound to it so try bending this note up a half step towards the natural 3rd. For example 2, stress the #4 note in the chord, so you can hang on this note in your solo as well.

Vamp #1:(Amaj7/Amaj7) (Use A Lydian #2.)

Vamp #2:(Emaj9/Emaj7b5/Emaj9/Emaj7) (Use E Lydian #2.)