Checkin' my modes...

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by lowtones, Jun 30, 2001.

  1. I've been reading all these posts about modes, and I think I finally got it, but want to make sure.

    Alright there's a song from my praise band that's in A flat Major.
    When the chord changes to D flat, that's the subdominant chord (IV), right? Which means I can play Db Lydian mode?

    Db - Eb - F - G - Ab - Bb - C - Db , is that right?

    I don't play the whole mode, I just make up fills using those notes, but is that the right mode?
  2. yes, the triad built on the 4th scale degree of A flat major is D flat. the notes you mentioned are correct as well. i think that the name of the scale that you're talking about is the Db Lydian Scale, which is the Lydian mode in the key of Ab. if you were to call it the Db Lydian mode, you would be referring to the Gb Lydian scale, which is the lydian scale in the key of Db - i could be wrong, but either way, you've got the notes right! lydian mode is basically a major scale with the 4th scale degree raised 1/2 step.