The Lydian Mode
A musical mode is a type of musical progression of notes with intentional melodic and emotional behavior. Some musical modes would be appropriate to use on somber occasions, while others would be appropriate to use in celebrations. In Western music, there are seven modern major modes, all very similar to one another. They have their root in the modes of the Ancient Greeks, though have been modified over time by centuries of composers and people in power.
The seven major modes, or scales, in Western music are the Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. These scales have seven notes, and we all know the Ionian, which is simply Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti, or the notes C-D-E-F-G-A-B. This is the mode that all chakra sets are sold in.
Here we are offering the Lydian mode as an alternative to the Ionian mode. An easy way of understanding the Lydian mode, is that it is the fourth mode in the succession of the 7 major modes in music. The first mode is the Ionian, which starts on C: C-D-E-F-G-A-B. As it is the fourth mode, the scale typically starts on the fourth note of F, and follows the succession of whole notes from there: F-G-A-B-C-D-E. For ease of sizing and continuity though, we are starting all of the major mode crystal bowl sets in the key of C. See the notes and sound files below for the correct musical notes.
The Lydian mode is very similar to the Ionian mode and only differs in one note. In the Ionian mode, the fourth note is a F, in the Lydian the fourth note is a F#. The C to F# relationship is known as a tritone. Instead of making a beautiful harmony, the relationship between the C and F# has an unsettled nature to it, begging for conclusion. That conclusion comes with the next note in the series, the G, which is the perfect fifth interval to the C. As a whole the Lydian mode is an uplifting happy music scale. There are many happy relationship to be found here! In my personal experience, adding in the F# adds a sense of mind alternating wonder to the series.
Each set comes standard with 8 o-rings, and 8 suede crystal bowl strikers. We only provide crystal bowl sets that are in perfect incremental tuning to each other. "Incremental" means the notes actually follow the scale accurately, from lowest note to highest note, as they would on a piano keyboard, in precise harmonic intervals. So a purchase from us is also the knowledge that you will be receiving a top of the line quality set. This set is tuned to perfect pitch. If an alternate tuning is desired, Contact Us. Please also reach out to us if you have anymore questions.
The sizes for bowls are as follows. These typically won't change, but we would let you know before shipment if they were to be different:
The Lydian Scale Sound Files