#1
im pretty new to theory and i really only know one scale. i know all the majors but i find that when i write a lot of my stuff sounds the same. whats a good scale to use thats new?
#3
Pentatonics - not because they sound the best, but you begin your soloing career with it. Its the most useful, almost applicable in any song.
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#4
I mostly use the pentatonic, blues and harmonic minor scales. I think this is largely because these were the scales I used before learning theory. I never knew they were actual scales, they just sounded good to me.
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#5
Im a huge fan of the blues scale. Its just so good.
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#6
I pretty much always zet in with minor, 'cuz there are sooooo many possibilities..
harmonising 7th, molodic 6th, dim5, flat 2nd bebopminor .. could go on for hours..
and with the harmonic 7th it's a real easy deal into diminished lines.. really adding that melancholic tone I like so so much ^^ but it's all a matter of taste, work your way around minor, major and dominant, and explore every possible possibility you can think of
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#7
I like mixing both harmonic minor and blues together. It is a very good combination. Excellent when you want a cool metal solo that sounds dark and then you want to change the mood to a little happier.
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#9
blues scale, with some added notes.
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Isn't phrygian just the same as Ionin just on a different starting note?


Nope

Phrygian - 1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 1
Ionian - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1.

Different.
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#13
E Phrygian (E F G A B C D) has the same notes as Cmajor

C Phrygian (C Db Eb F G Ab Bb) is different to C major (C D E F G A B)
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E Phrygian (E F G A B C D) has the same notes as Cmajor

C Phrygian (C Db Eb F G Ab Bb) is different to C major (C D E F G A B)


yea that's what I was talkin about. So you would play a Phrygian scale over some chords progression that's in C major right?
#16
Harmonic minor - 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7
Phrygian dominant (5th mode of harmonic minor) - 1 b2 3 4 5 b6 b7
Lydian (4th mode of the major scale) - 1 2 3 #4 5 6 7

They all have their own unique sounds, and all sound very exotic. I think you will have fun with these.
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yea that's what I was talkin about. So you would play a Phrygian scale over some chords progression that's in C major right?


Playing E Phrygian over a C major chord will just sound like C major, play E phrygian over an Em7 chord. The chord determines the scale being played over it, if you're playing C Ionian and the chord changes to G7 you would be playing G mixolydian.

I hope that clears some things up (and I hope its right, I need one of 'The Boyz' to comment)
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#18
Lydian is so unique. It can sound pretty, happy, or it can sound strange and otherworldly when used correctly. Quite a unique combination of intervals.
#19
Pure Minor (Aeolian) - 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,b7

Spanish Gypsy - 1,b2,3,4,5,b6,b7
(Spanish Gypsy is like a darker Phrygian. Sounds like something out of Dracula!)

Harmonic Minor - 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,7

Lydian - 1,2,3,#4,5,6,7

Phrygian - 1,b2,b3,4,5,b6,b7


These are my favorites!

P.S. Pentatonics are just regular scales with notes taken out!
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#20
Isn't Spanish Gypsy just a Phrygian Dominant?

Anyways, I like blues scales. Quick and easy. Plus I don't plactice the soloing much...
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#21
Lydian and Lydian dominant. Also the WH scale.
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