Yiannis Papadopoulos Lydian Arpeggio
Posted Sat, Apr 4, 2015 by Levi Clay
In this lick, Greek virtuoso Yiannis Papadopoulos gives us a slick lick bringing some lydian flavour to a Gmaj7 chord.
The lydian mode in the 4th mode of the major scale, but details life that are actually irrelevant in the bigger picture. The question we need to ask is, what does the lydian scale sound like?
Hopefully we know that chord 4 in a major key is a maj7 chord, but to get the full lydian sound we need to know what other notes the chord contains.
If we look at the intervals for the scale we have:
1 2 3 #4 5 6 7
but in a chordal sense (stacking 3rds) we have
1 3 5 7 9 #11 13
This gives us a maj13#11 chord, so to sound Lydian we need to bring out that #11 which makes it differ from a regular major scale
In G the #4 is the C#, so when learning this lick, pay careful attention to the C#s Yiannis plays.