Lydian augmented scale
|Modes||I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII|
|C, D, E, F♯, G♯, A, B, C|
|Number of pitch classes||7|
Starting on C, the notes would be as follows:
C - D - E - F♯ - G♯ - A - B - C
Generically the whole and half steps are:
- W - W - W - W - H - W - H -
Building on the first scale degree, the scale yields both a Major 7(♯5) chord (C-E-G♯-B) Play (help·info) and a Major 7(♯11) chord (C-E-G♯-B-F♯). It functions as a I+ Play (help·info). See: chord-scale system.
"This scale can be used to create a cool altered major sound." "It has a polychord sound built in," created by superimposing the Cmaj and the Emaj ( Play (help·info)) and/or F♯dim ( Play (help·info)) triads that exist in the scale, this being "a very common practice for most bop and post-bop players (such as McCoy Tyner)."
The scale may be thought of as a major scale with an augmented fourth and fifth, or as the relative to the melodic minor ascending scale (C Lydian augmented and A melodic minor ascending share the same notes).