Learn The 'D' Lydian Pentatonic Style Tap Lick With Chris Zoupa

April 02, 2015

I'm not 100% sure whether the purists will agree with me when I say "Lydian style pentatonic" (and by purists I mean opinionated forum trolling douchebags), but I was messing around with the Lydian mode and trying to blend it in with the Hirojoshi scale sound (which is basically a scale specifically designed for ninjas).

What I came up with was a Lydian lick using minor pentatonic principles and phrasing. For example the minor pentatonic takes the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th from the appropriate minor scale relative to the key e.g. if we were in "A" minor (A B C D E F G) the pentatonic is A C D E G. If we are playing in the "D" Lydian mode (D E F# G# A B C#) and we take the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th notes from that scale (D F# G# A C#) we get a pretty mystical sounding scale. Let's take a look at the lick below (see excerpt below).

The ascend of this scale uses some pretty easily phrased 2 note per string legato patterns. Although the lick has a distinctly Lydian/ninjaesque sound the scale can be voiced pretty similar to hammer ons and pull offs in a rock pentatonic. 

The descend is where things get a little cray cray. We'll need too use taps and hammer ons from nowhere technique which is a pretty cool trick made famous by Greg Howe. Once you get some speed behind this you'll hear quite a bit of Marty Friedman and Jason Becker's Cacophony styled motifs as they used this scale and similar voicing quite a bit.

Hope you guys enjoy the lick. Happy shredding!

By Chris Zoupa

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