What’s up YouTube community Bernth here,
welcome back to another video lesson! This is part one of a little scale
feature where we check out what happens when we combine the pentatonic approach
with the sound of the modes – this week we focus on the major pentatonic scale and
the Lydian mode. Make sure to tune back in next week where we look at the minor
pentatonic scale and the Dorian mode Most of my students are already familiar
with the sound of the major and minor pentatonic scales and a lot of us
players started off with these scales when we started improvising or playing
guitar solos for the first time – they are very popular not just because of their
sound but also because of their simplicity – the heptatonic scales like
major and minor consists out of seven notes while the pentatonic scale only
consists out of five notes – we already looked into composing shred guitar licks
with the pentatonic scale a couple of weeks ago in a different lesson – in that
one we were extending the popular two note per string approach that we mostly
come across with pentatonic licks to a three note per string approach like that…
I added a link in the description in case you missed it so make sure to check
that one out – so with that lesson and by extending the 2 note per string approach we
get some cool creative possibilities for lick writing but we actually don’t
change anything concerning the sound of the pentatonic scale and that is exactly
what we will focus on this week and also next week – here’s the scale that I
prepared for you this time! So as you can see we keep the five
note system of the major pentatonic scale but we add the characteristic
scale degree of the Lydian mode – in the beginning I wanted to record a long
lesson featuring all those modal pentatonic shapes but since the modes
are very confusing still for a lot of my students I wanted to keep it simple – the
modes are seven heptatonic scales meaning that they include seven notes
and they are closely related to the natural major and minor scale – in fact
those two scales are modes already, the natural major scale is referred to as
Ionian and the natural minor scale is referred to as Aeolian – with all the
other modes we actually just have to change one note of the natural minor or
natural major scale with the exception of Locrian but this one is the least
popular mode – so to summarize all that as simple as possible there’s actually just
one note that really defines the sound of Lydian, mixolydian, Dorian and Phrygian – since we will stick with the major pentatonic scale and the major modes this
week I picked the Lydian mode because I used that one more frequently than
mixolydian – so to get started here’s the basic and most common fingering for the
major pentatonic, scale we’re starting with the root note C on the eighth fret
of the low E string… So we are actually just playing five
notes over and over again in different octaves we’re playing… …and so on.
So when we analyze that in intervals we actually don’t get very interesting
sounds out of that we get… …now back at the octave again. The cool
thing about the Lydian mode which actually makes it my favorite major mode
is that the characteristic scale degree is a very dissonant interval – in
comparison to the natural major scale in just one octave that would be… Now to get the Lydian mode we
are actually just changing one note – we are raising the fourth scale degree
by a semitone so we get F# instead of F… so when you learn the C natural major or
Ionian scale all across the neck you actually only have to change F to F# in every single position in every single octave and then you get the
Lydian mode and this connection between natural major and Lydian is exactly what
I want you to learn with this lesson – so now that we established how the Lydian
mode is constructed and how it is related to the natural major scale we
can start combining it with the pentatonic approach – so for my example
for a Lydian pentatonic scale I was playing… Those are actually all the notes in the
scale – and then they start over again from the octave C so… five notes – that is the entire scale
position. So if I’m really into the sound and the 2 note per string approach of the
pentatonic scale I can easily combine it with the sound of the modes as soon as I
know the characteristic scale degrees of each individual mode – I really love this
sound and approach since you can just start out with the major pentatonic
scale for your solo over a C power-chord for example… and then you could just switch real
quick… to add a bit of a Lydian sound to your
solo… then go back to to the pentatonic scale and so on without really switching between a 2 note per string and three note per string
approach – you can stay in the same pentatonic mindset and just introduce
that little Lydian flavor – here’s a super short and simple practical example lick
that demonstrates the sound of the Lydian pentatonic scale quite well – as
always the tabs for everything available on my patreon page patreon.com/bernth I really hope that you enjoyed my super
short introduction to the modal pentatonic scales in major, we can also
check out mixolydian let me know in the comments if that is something you’re
interested in – next week we will focus on combining the minor pentatonic scale
with the modes and we will check out the dorian mode in detail so make sure to
tune back in for that one and also subscribe to get notified as soon as the
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again next week have fun practicing until then and all the best!