#1
If one was interested in playing Spanish or Arabic style music, what were some scales they would use? Now, I know everyone's going to say Phrygian and Harmonic Minor, which would be great, providing you also give me some examples of how the scales would be employed in a melodic, ethnic way. I'd also like to see some other good scales for this type of thing. Thanks!
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#2
Phrygian, "Spanish Phrygian" (5th mode of the harmonic minor scale, also sometimes called "Double major" and "Double phrygian"), and the harmonic minor.


only example I can think of a Spanish-esque solo in pop music is No Doubt's "Don't speak" solo.


Basically, focus on the intervals m2, M7, m6, and use a lot of big jumps and even consider giving the root both thirds. The 'foreign' sound is based a lot on awkward jumps from the 6 to the 7th and chromatic runs around the root and 4th.
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#3
Try adding alot of semitonal slides and grace notes whilst using various harmonic minor modes.
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#4
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#5
Since I am too lazy to write them out, check out the following site. Nice little collection of exotic and non-western scales along with the traditional modes.

http://www.freakguitar.com/scales.html

EDIT: Phrygian was quite popular in late sixties rock. Pink Floyd used it frequently in some of their earlier albums--"Set the controls for the heart of the sun" is the only one I can think of at the moment. I think "White Rabbit" may also be written in Phrygian mode. Its also used extensively in Flamenco music.
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#8
I was just listening to Tyr and some other metal bands...I was just woundring if there is any particular scales these trad. scandinavian song goes in?
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Since I am too lazy to write them out, check out the following site. Nice little collection of exotic and non-western scales along with the traditional modes.

http://www.freakguitar.com/scales.html

EDIT: Phrygian was quite popular in late sixties rock. Pink Floyd used it frequently in some of their earlier albums--"Set the controls for the heart of the sun" is the only one I can think of at the moment. I think "White Rabbit" may also be written in Phrygian mode. Its also used extensively in Flamenco music.

Every time I hear Phrygian I picture good ol' Wiggy Malmsteen saying "HEAVY E PHRRRYGIAN."
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