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Postby briank » April 23rd, 2005, 9:20 pm

I want to find some scales that give my playing a different "flavor," but I don't know what any of them mean. I'm looking around for different sounds to mess around with. If anybody could discuss some sitar-like scales or flamenco-type scales, that would be cool; mainly I'm just looking for a description of all these strangely-named scales. I would like to keep my guitar in standard tuning, but if there are scales that are best with a certain open tuning, I could just plug them into a chord generator. Thanks for any help!
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Postby Nick » April 24th, 2005, 12:12 am

Major, Pentatonic, Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Gypsy Minor, Chromatic, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian, Arabian, Hawaiian, Hindustan, Hungarian, Javanese, Leading Whole-Tone, Lydianminor, Mohammedan, Neapolitan Major, Oriental, Overtone, Persian, Rumanian, Spanish, Super Locrian, or Symmetric.

google them.

I wish I could credit the guy who wrote this list, but I don't remember.


Neapolitan Minor: C Db Eb F G Ab B C

Neapolitan Major: C Db Eb F G A B C

Oriental: C Db E F Gb A Bb C

Double Harmonic: C Db E F G Ab B C

Enigmatic: C Db E F# G# A# B C

Hirajoshi: A B C E F A

Hungarian Minor: C D Eb F# G Ab B C

Hungarian Major: C D# E F# G A Bb C

Kumoi: E F A B C E

Iwato: B C E F A B

Hindu: C D E F G Ab Bb C

Spanish 8 Tone: C Db Eb E F Gb Ab Bb C

Pelog: C Db Eb G Bb C

Hungarian Gypsy: C D Eb F# G Ab Bb C

Major Locrian: C D E F Gb Ab Bb C

Lydian Minor: C D E F# G Ab Bb C

Overtone: C D E F# G A Bb C

Leading Whole Tone: C D E F# G# A# B C

Arabian: C D E F Gb Ab Bb C

Balinese: C Db Eb G Ab C

Gypsy: C Db E F G Ab B C

Mohammedan: C D Eb F G Ab B C

Javanese: C Db Eb F G A Bb C

Persian: C Db E F Gb Ab B C

Algerian: C D Eb F# G Ab B C D Eb F

Aeolian: C D Eb F G Ab Bb C

Byzantine: C Db E F G Ab B C

Hawaiian: C D Eb (F grace note) G A B C

Jewish: E F G# A B C D E

Mongolian: C D E G A C

Ethiopian: G A Bb C D Eb F G (The B and E can also be natural and

the F can be sharp)

Spanish: C Db E F G Ab Bb C

Egyptian: C D F G Bb C

Japanese: C Db F G Ab C

Chinese: C E F# G B C
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Postby NoteBoat » June 6th, 2008, 9:48 am

Nick's list is a good one. But you'll probably discover that many scales go by different names... so when you google them you'll probably end up with some confusing stuff. It might be better to start with one big list, and add to that when (if?) you learn all of them...

Here's a text listing of a bunch. The 1s, 2s, 3s, and 4s are the half steps between each tone - i.e. one fret on the guitar. Since you can do any of them starting with any key note, that's roughly a couple thousand... and it really is free :)
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Postby jackss565 » June 7th, 2008, 9:03 am

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