exotic guitar scales

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What up guitar fans, Darrin Goodman here with another little guitar lesson for ya’, today I will be talking about exotic guitar scales.
What makes an exotic guitar scale is a loaded question and depends on where you are coming from as to what “exotic” means, but if you are in the western world like me, then the following examples would be considered “exotic”.
First lets look at harmonic minor, which is a seven tone scale much like the natural minor scale, Aeolian, that you probably already know. Harmonic minor consists of; 1 – 2 – b3 – 4 – 5 – b6 – 7, so basically it is a natural minor scale with a raised seven.

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Next lets look at the whole tone scale, which is a six tone scale of which all of the notes are separated by a whole step and consists of the following intervals; 1 – 2 – 3 – b5 – b6 – b7. This scale is kinda weird sounding because of the equal spacing between tones, not one of my faves.

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Lastly lets look at another strange one, the whole-half scale or diminished scale or whatever you wanna call it. All of the notes are spaced 3 half steps apart from each other and consists of the intervals; 1 – b3 – b5 – b6. I did a video lesson on this one with a lick based on the scale. You can check it out and get the tabs for it on the link in the video description.

Diminished Lick Lesson

Well I hope you found this useful, until next time.

 

Darrin