Exotic Guitar Scales – Part 1
- Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 17:37
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Exotic Guitar Scales are great for adding spice to your lead guitar playing. I wouldn’t suggest learning any of the 12 scales shown in this lesson before learning the minor pentatonic scale, the natural minor or the major scale (see 4 Scales You Should Know) but they might be part of the sound and guitar style you are searching for. Each of these 5 and 7 note scales is an attention getter! All scales are shown in the Key of A.
Exotic Guitar Scales
To help you experiment with the sound of each of these scales I wrote the following jam track. It consists of a simple A octave pattern so you have freedom to use all the scales shown. I recorded the sitar setting of my Line 6 Variax for this one. It just seemed appropriate.
Ethnic Jam Track – Key of A
Download Jam Track (Right click – Save As)
At one time I learned each of these scales shown note for note. After some time I began to hear these scales as containing characteristic notes of the Chromatic Scale (see the lesson on Chromatic Numbering for more on this approach) as well as signature interval combinations. I suggest those seriously studying this list of guitar scales employ each approach.
The guitar scales shown in this guitar lesson:
- Exotic Pentatonic (5 Note) Scales
- Japanese (Kumoi)
- Balinese Pelog
- Exotic Heptatonic (7 note) Scales
- Double Harmonic (Gypsy Major)
- Hungarian Minor
- Hungarian Major
- Neopolitan Minor
- Neopolitan Major
A PDF of the scales shown can be downloaded here: Free Exotic Scales Download