I'm trying use modes as scales more lately, but it seems like they are resolving wrong. For example, when I play in G Lydian, it resoves to D, which would be the root if I was simply playing in Major. Here's what the chord progression is:


Am I doing something wrong or is G Lydian supposed to resolve to D?
G lydian should resolve to G. The problem is that modes are generally very harmonically unstable. Complex chord progression will naturally resolve to the relative major or minor because those resolutions are the strongest. Modes are generally used over one or two chord vamps, or when the ambiguity of a more complex progression gives you the freedom to alter notes in the scale (e.g. a chord progression in C major not specifying the fourth degree for a few bars, leaving you free to toy with it and raise it for a lydian sound)
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