How To Capture A Lydian Sound In Your Bass Solos

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So you want to know how to capture that epic Lydian sound in your bass solos? Well, in this video, I’m going to show you just how you can do that, using a specific major triad and a specific minor pentatonic scale!

The Essence Of The Lydian Sound

Ok, so the essence of a Lydian sound is a major sound, with a raised 4th. It kind reminds me of an early morning sunrise. Its bright, but it has this reflective vibe to it. It’s like the sun is not quite up yet.

Now to capture any sound, it helps to exploit the uniqueness of that sound. In this case, the uniqueness of a Lydian sound is that raised 4th.

So, here are 2 ways that naturally exploit this raised 4th, instantly creating that Lydian sound.

How To Capture The Lydian Sound In Your Bass Solos

Number 1: Playing a Major Triad a whole-step up from the root. Now if your interested in learning more about triad pairs, check out the links in the description below! You can use this concept for creating other sounds, other than just the Lydian sound.

Number 2: Playing a Minor Pentatonic Scale a half-step below the root. What I like about Minor Pentatonic Scales is that they are easy to play and every note sounds good!

Now, here’s a crucial tip. It helps to reinforce the main triad of the main chord. So, for instance, if I play an F# Major Triad, I’ll then resolve it to an E, G#, or B. If I play a Minor Pentatonic Scale a half-step below the root, I’ll then resolve it to an E, G#, or B.


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