#1
Can anyone suggest me some scales that have a tropical feel, like islands, coconuts, and monkeys?
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#2
I think that has more to do with the instrumentation and feel than what group of notes you're playing.
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The major scale played on steel drums.

Just when I thought the "which scale" questions couldn't get any sillier
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Have you tried the pineapple island scale?
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I prefer the pineapple dominant scale, the flattend 7th really makes the scale more juicy. Geddit? Juicy.......
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Can anyone suggest me some scales that have a tropical feel, like islands, coconuts, and monkeys?

Scales haven't really got much to do with the sound. It's more the harmony and the harmonic rhythm. Listen to some World Music.... and just the Major Pentatonic Scale will do the trick.
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#11
As others had said before me, just a scale won't solve the problem. You can extract such a feeling with virtually any scale that exists, you just need to know what notes to choose.

It's more about arrangement. Do you have some experience in songwriting or you're starting fresh?
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#12
Minor. Many seventh chords and piano.

? Works for me.
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#15
Try the scale that involves putting coconuts up your butt.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#16
Did all of you people forget about the coconutscale?

Seriously, if there would be a scale for all types of music, give me the "write-an-instant-hit-scale". It's how you put the notes together, and against what chords you play them, and what kind of effects you use etc.
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Can anyone suggest me some scales that have a tropical feel, like islands, coconuts, and monkeys?


Start with the major scale.

but play it in 3rds.


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but play the notes broken i.e one at a time rather than together.
this with some syncopated (read- funky rhythms) should give you a basis for some african style guitar.
#18
The Mixoliltian mode is quite good for it.
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#19
Locrian will work.

It may sound off at first, but after a while it will work.

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Really though, go read about scales again, and rephrase your question too "how can I use a specific acquire, with a rhythm, in order to achieve a tropical sound?"
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#22
I think everyone else is right, there really isn't a tropical scale, but the voicing and timing of it all is what matters. I have an example, the song 'Jess Messin Witcha' (I know, weird name) is in the A pentatonic blues scale, at least I think it is. Check it out here, and you can hear how it's played to sound more, tropical.
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^ No need to bump a 5 year old thread. Especially when the thread was pointless in the first place.
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#24
Whatever scale this guy is using:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlCiDEXuxxA

And don't forget to end on some cheesy ass chord, like either maj7 or maj6


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#25
have you tried tropolocrian natural 2?
real answer: find some pieces of music with the vibe you want, compare and contrast them and figure out how they are getting the sound you are interested.
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