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One more question about Russell Lydian theory. Russell uses as an example the Lydian C scale: C-D-E-F#-G-A-B-C comparing it with C maj scale, then he starts to explain his theory as if they belong to same key, otherwise why comparing C Lidyan with C maj? This often happens with jazz theory, which confuses me as I was trained approaching harmony through keys (we actually use "tonality" as term - we gives key different meaning, such as bass key, baritone key, tenor key, etc). So, to me C Lydian belongs to the key of G (1 sharp). In fact, comparing the two modes, Lydian and Maj, he builds his theory on F of Cmaj and F# of Lydian (of course!). Sometimes I also find theories in which Cmaj is related to C- as parallel and I find it quite odd, as there is not a direct relationship, as far as I know. Of course in music everything could be related, mostly depends on the sound that comes out, even more on who plays it. Thanks to anybody who will be available to answer.

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If I understand correctly, you are asking whether C Lydian "belongs" to G major or "belongs" to C major. I would say neither, or both, depending on what you mean by "belongs". C Lydian uses the same notes as G major but the same tonic as C major. Harmonically and melodically, though, it's different from both.

I think this is just a confusion about terminology.

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"Lydian Chromatic" comes from a musical world concerned with methods of scalic improvisation. Take what you will from it, but don't expect a fully-thought-out theory of harmony! It isn't a religion, to be followed in its entirety, just some concepts that may illuminate your wider musical journey to enlightenment.

  • Thanks Laurence, yes you're right it is not a religion, if it was, I wouldn't spend my time after it. I am interesting in any speculative theory about music, but sometime I have doubts about my understanding, that's why I like to know someone else thought. – marcello Mar 17 '16 at 14:34

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