Backing Track In B And E Lydian Modes

Here is a cool video backing track that you can use to practice your Lydian improvisation skills using the keys of B and E Lydian.

I tried to mix it up dynamically a little bit giving you the opportunity to solo over both high energy and more subdued Lydian tonalities.

While listening and playing along to the video be sure to watch the screen for the key changes. It will become pretty obvious to you though after a couple of listenings since we are only working with 2 different keys here.

Hope you guys enjoy this!! Cheers! Carl..

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Backing Track In B And E Lydian


  1. colin on March 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Hey Carl – thx for the update, very grateful for all the hard work you do!

    I thought I had the Lydian concept at least partially understood after the first video in A. But now I’m a bit confused. Please correct me where I’m wrong.

    First Video – Key Is A, Lydian mode visualized by moving two frets up so the position is first finger on 4th Fret, 4th finger on 7th fret, making the scale B Major Pentatonic. This sounds and registers right for me.

    Second video- Key is f#major, lydian mode is visualized by moving two frets up, and ill do this one up high for clarity, f# is on the 14th fret, but when I move up two frets to make the position on the low E 1st finger 13th fret, pinky on 16 it sounds wrong.

    same with the second key of B, it sounds like I should just be playing E major pentatonic scales, but that would be two frets up from B minor, not major.

    What is the disconnect I’m having in regard to moving frets from major and minor shapes. In the first video moving A major two frets up worked, but in this one it seems to only work when moving minor positions.

    Ok sorry for the rant, I had to work that one out as i typed.

    Thanks Carl!


    • Carl Brown on March 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Hey Colin, I think you are trying to use two differnt concepts at once.

      The first video just shows you a quick way of visualizing the modal pentaonic forms across the neck. The second video just tells you the name of the mode and what it’s parent major scale is. One is just standard theory and the other is a visualization method.. In other words, they don’t have anything to do with one another in a theoretical sense. 🙂

      Using the priciples learned in the first video you should be able to play any Lydian scale over any Lydian progressionas long as you know the key. Don’t confuse yourself thinking that the F# needs to be 2 frets up or whatever, that doesn’t have anything to do with the backing track video.

      Hope this helps. Carl..

  2. ken laureano on March 17, 2012 at 4:42 am

    just wondering do you have any lessons on modes and how you would use them??

    • Carl Brown on March 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Hey Ken, I do have some lessons on understanding modes in the music theory lesson archives. Plus I have some mode visualization studies in the advanced lesson archives.

      I will be doing a complete course on modes in the very near future so look for that within the next couple of months. 😀

  3. chris martin on July 16, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Hi Carl thanks again.i confused really because in the backing track the parent key of B Lydian is f# major but when i back to your PDF tutorial about modes there,you said that when we want to find the parent key of any mode for example G Lydian we know its the 4th mode then we count back 4th and the parent key would be D major but the point is here when i back to this video above and do this process and count back 4th in B Lydian our parent key come F major not F# major and also i figure that when i found B major and count back it comes true our parent key come F# but how its happen as you describe in the understanding modes PDF should i find the parent key of any mode from its major scale name i mean B Lydian write B major scale and count back 4th or according to the PDF look at the modes on the 2nd page and found my parent key from the modes name like B Lydian and count back here i confused i come to F instead of F#.
    B Lydian:F G A B parent key F
    B Lydian: B major: B C D E F#G#A#B:parent key:F#G# A#B: BECOMES F#
    I SHOW YOU MY MISTAKE ABOVE.thanks Carl;D you REALLY help me a lot i began theory just a month.

    • Carl Brown on July 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Hey Chris, did you happen to check out the Understanding Keys lesson? If not I suggest checking that one out.

      If you knew your major keys well then you would know that in the key of F major we have a Bb and not a B natural. You will count back through the alphabet, but you will still need to know the accidentals in the key.

      The understanding keys PDF found in the free music theory section will clear that up really quick. 🙂


  4. chris martin on July 18, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Hi Carl.accidently i read the understanding keys PDF and i understand the B Lydian is B major and when count back about 4th our parent key come to F# am i right?and when i want to find the parent key i should find it from its major key yes?

    • Carl Brown on July 18, 2015 at 11:06 am

      Hey Chris, yes that is correct, always work in the major scale for these modes. The counting back is just to get to the proper letter name ie. F. You will then need to identify the proper F key that contains the note B. Either F or F#, in this case it is F# major.

  5. chris martin on July 18, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    thanks Carl you handle me in this work a lot.what do you mean by (will then need to identify the proper F key that contains the note B. Either F or F#)i little bit confused here.

    • Carl Brown on July 18, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Well there are two major keys that use the letter F in them. One is F major and the other is F# major.

      If you know your key theory well, you will quickly be able to figure out which one of those has a B natural in it. In this case it is F# major since that would have to be a Bb if the key was F major.

      Make more sense yet? 🙂

  6. chris martin on July 19, 2015 at 1:15 am

    thanks fully understood merci;D

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