Creative Bass Lines: Lydian Triad Pairs

Today, we dive into something new – superimposing Major triad pairs derived from Lydian Mode Harmony over a Major 7th chord.

The examples on the video are over an F Major 7th chord, and I am using a neat little looper for this. It’s a great practice tool.

In the video (and transcription) I take you through the basic major triad pair concept and using 1st and 2nd inversions, (with some triplet variations in Ex. 1).

I’m playing everything in the video relating it to use over an F major 7th.

There’s a cool lick at the end as an extra treat (Ex.2). Practice slow, and then gradually work it up to a super ripping tempo.

A little point to note: You can also find consecutive Major triads in the Dorian mode (built on the 3rd and 4th degrees of the Dorian.)

We will look at that in the next installment, but for now, check out the video and make sure to download the transcription.

Thank again to all at No Treble, and to G-K for supporting this cool series!

Rufus Philpot is a performer and educator living in Los Angeles who has performed and or recorded with everyone from Scott Henderson, Allan Holdsworth, Virgil Donati and Tony MacAlpine to Randy Brecker, Tom Scott, Gary Novak and Marvin "Smitty" Smith. For more, check out his website.

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