Guitar Techniques - - LEARN­ING ZONE -

The Ly­dian mode is an airy and up­lift­ing sound well used in the themes of film sound­tracks and mu­si­cals in­clud­ing West­side Story (Maria) and Star Wars: The Phan­tom Men­ace (Anakin’s Theme). The Ly­dian mode is also a sound com­monly heard in the mu­sic of leg­endary com­poser and in­flu­en­tial gui­tar icon Frank Zappa. Check out the ti­tle track taken from the 1981 re­lease Shut Up ’N’ Play Yer Gui­tar for Frank’s char­ac­ter­is­tic use of the Ly­dian mode when im­pro­vis­ing.

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