Lydian augmented scale

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Lydian augmented scale on C About this sound Play .
Lydian augmented scale
Modes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
Component pitches
C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
Number of pitch classes 7
Forte number 7-34
Complement 5-34

In music, the Lydian augmented scale (Lydian 5 scale) is the third mode of the ascending melodic minor scale or jazz minor scale.

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) About this sound Play  and a Major 7(11) chord (C-E-G-B-F).[1] It functions as a I+ About this sound Play . See: chord-scale system.

"This scale can be used to create a cool altered major sound."[2] "It has a polychord sound built in,"[2] created by superimposing the Cmaj and the Emaj (About this sound Play ) and/or Fdim (About this sound Play ) triads that exist in the scale, this being "a very common practice for most bop and post-bop players (such as McCoy Tyner)."[3]

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).

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  1. ^ Munro, Doug (2002). Jazz Guitar: Bebop and Beyond, p.39. ISBN 978-0-7579-8281-1.
  2. ^ a b Munro (2002), p.36.
  3. ^ Munro (2002), p.38.

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