#1
Does anyone know how I can create an arabian sound with my guitar
Like are their certain notes or progressions
thanks
#2
Try the phrygian dominant scale. Its easy to make it very middle easterns sounding.
1 b2 3 4 5 b6 b7

D-------------------------------0----------2---
A-----------------0--2-3----------------
E---0-1----4-------------------------------


or the double harmonic minor
1 b2 3 4 5 b6 7

D-------------------------------1----------2---
A-----------------0--2-3----------------
E---0-1----4-------------------------------
(if you know the Dick Dale song Misirlou which is the theme from Pulp Fiction, its based on the scale)


or just the plain regular phrygian mode
1 b2 b 5 b6 b7


D-------------------------------0----------2---
A-----------------0--2-3----------------
E---0-1----3-------------------------------


or this rather arabian sounding scale which has got an extra note in it
D-------------------------------1----------2---
A-----------------0--1-3--4--------------
E---0---2--3-------------------------------
edit: I believe this one is the diminished scale
edit2: wait, its not, but thats another one worth checking out
edit3: no, its really is the diminished one
Last edited by seljer at Jul 21, 2006,
#3
Harmonic minor scales are your best friend for this.


Basically, all it is is just any minor scale but with the 7th note augmented one semitone.
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#4
Two of the more known and recognizable Middle Eastern modes are Rast, or Raast, and Hijaz. Google them as Im sure there are plenty of sites that have the scale degrees and such. However, since most musical instruments in that part of the world are tuned in quarter steps rather than half steps some of their modes are difficult to produce on guitar with performing prebends and such.

EDIT: I mean without prebends, rather
#5
the double harmonic and phrigian dominant both work well

and dont forget just the harmonic minor
#6
--------------------------------------5-6-9-6-5----
------------------------------5-6-8--------------
-------------------------6-7---------------------
-----------------5-7-8-------------------------
-------4-5-7-8---------------------------
---5-6------------------------------------

and back up if you want

I dont know what this is exactly , my guitar teach showed me it and i fell in love with it.Maybe it will help you
#8
Harmonic Minor works for me when I wanna create that sound.
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#9
Quote by seljer
Try the phrygian dominant scale. Its easy to make it very middle easterns sounding.
1 b2 3 4 5 b6 b7

D-------------------------------0----------2---
A-----------------0--2-3----------------
E---0-1----4-------------------------------



Try that with a half-step before the octave, like this:

D-------------------------------1----------2---
A-----------------0--2-3----------------
E---0-1----4-------------------------------

Its my favorite scale.

Its the phrygian dominant scale "combined" with the harmonic minor scale at the end.
#11
D-----------------------6--6h7p6----------------
A--------------7s8------------------8---7~-------
E---------5------------------------------------

Just some lick I came up with that has that kind of arbian sound, I have no idea what scale or whatever its in. Hope this helps if you mess around with it all over the neck and strings
Last edited by NileFTW at Jul 22, 2006,
#12
I think if you run through those scales, using really fast bends to notes, you'll get some good results.
#13
I've found you can get some good sounding chord progressions if you have a sequence like

D--7-8-11-10--7-8-7
A--7-8-11-10--7-8-7
E--5-6--9--8---5-6-5 ~

Play on two consecutive frets (eg.5 & 6) then skip a fret and go to another set of two (8 & 9). Then you can work within those four and play with the sequence, timing, slides, vibrato etc. You can make it more complex with this formula

1 - half step - 2 - whole - 3 - half - 4 - whole - 5 - half - 6, etc....

Of course it doesn't always sound best if you play them in that order - play with sequencing and see what you can come up with...
#14
Quote by MastaBassist10
Try that with a half-step before the octave, like this:

D-------------------------------1----------2---
A-----------------0--2-3----------------
E---0-1----4-------------------------------

Its my favorite scale.

Its the phrygian dominant scale "combined" with the harmonic minor scale at the end.


yeah, I listed that one as the second one its the double harmonic minor
#16
Quote by seljer
yeah, I listed that one as the second one its the double harmonic minor


That's a cool scale. I call it the Byzantine scale on Jam Tracks Exotica.

You could also try the arabian scale: 1, 2, b3, 4, b5, b6, 6, 7. It has eight notes, so it definately has a different vibe to it.
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#17
Quote by MastaBassist10
Try that with a half-step before the octave, like this:

D-------------------------------1----------2---
A-----------------0--2-3----------------
E---0-1----4-------------------------------

Its my favorite scale.

Its the phrygian dominant scale "combined" with the harmonic minor scale at the end.


yeah, that's the Egyptian scale in E.


D-------------------------------1--2--1-------------------------
A------------------0--2--3---------------3--2--0----------------
E----0--1---4-------------------------------------------4---1--0-

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#19
Ooh, just remembered a recording of me playing with the Egyptian scale.

It's got quite heavy effects on it, but it gives a good idea of how middle-eastern it sounds

HERE it is

Also, I believe Hammett used the Egyptian scale on the Wherever I May Roam solo.
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