#1
Can someone analyse this jam by Paul Gilbert and explain what scales are being used?.

Does he use loads of different scales and keys?

Cheers
#2
Hi Elplater,

that's actually not an easy one, but here we go:

0:00 - 0:23: Hybrid scale based on the pentatonic scale (see this blog post)
0:23 - 1:00: A minor scale, played with the lydian shape
1:00 - 1:52: Mostly G minor pentatonic, but at 1:36 and 1:48 he plays a blue note, so you could say it's the blues scale in G
1:52 - 2:00: Again the hybrid scale
2:00 - 3:00: Mostly pentatonic, blue notes at 2:16 and 2:31
3:00 - 3:19: A dorian
3:19 - 3:24: A aeolian (= A natural minor)
3:24 - 3:28: Hybrid shape in A
3:28 - 3:31: Chromatic scale ascending into the A minor triad
3:31 - 3:39: Blues scale in A
3:39 - 3:43: Actually A major scale but with a triad in minor (so it's just another hybrid scale)
3:34 - 3:51: Hybrid shape in A
3:51 - 4:07: A aeolian (= A natural minor)
4:07 - 4:29: A minor pentatonic, blue note at 4:12
4:29 - 4:50: A mixolydian
4:50 - end: Hybrid shape in A

So he actually jumps a lot between different keys, there's A dorian (parent scale is G major), A aeolian (parent scale is C major), A mixolydian (parent scale is D major), and he also jumps between major/minor.
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Last edited by fl.lettner at Jan 26, 2017,
#3
fl.lettner

Morning fl.lettner.

Wow that must of been a difficult task.

So that answers my question, solos can include loads of different scales and a couple different keys.

I love this solo.
#6
Elplater,
0:35 is still A Aeolian (minor) but played with the lydian shape.

There are only 5 shapes associated with the caged system, because the cage system consists of the five notes c, a, g, e and d you each of these 5 shapes starts from of of these notes, it's also called the pentatonic scale. The hybrid scale and the blues scale are based on the pentatonic, it's basically the pentatonic scale + a few extra notes.

The others are not based on the caged system, they are derived from the complete major scale consisting of 7 notes instead of 5. If you take it from a theoretical perspective though, the pentatonic scale is just an extract of the major scale by leaving out some notes.
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