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Improvising with Exotic Scales - Part 1

These are scales that, because of the intervallic relationship among the tones (read scale degrees) within them, can be used to create interesting sounds and emulate some pretty interesting ethnic type of lines.

There's a huge list of possible scales so I'm not even gonna go there and I won't try to write a "Compound of all exotic scales that sound cool when applied to rock" kind of article. I just hope this will give you a few ideas on how to make your soloing a little bit more interesting or even just offer you a few more sound options. Ok here we go:

Let me first start by saying that you may already have some of the most popular exotic scales under your fingers, if you know the harmonic minor scale you'll get some wacky sounding scales from it's modes, let's have a look at those:

Harmonic Minor

Here's the PowerTab file of the above.

You can experiment with those and find out what sounds good to you and what works better, I personally like the 3rd 4th and 7th modes the best but, like with everything it's all a matter of taste.

The chord progressions you can take out of those modes are also quite interesting and you could easily go on for hours and hours about the harmonic ambiguity of some of those scales (for instance in the 6th mode you have an augmented 2nd <same as a minor third> AND a major 3rd , there's a whole ton of stuff you can do with that) so just take it easy and do like you would with any other improvisational resource, try it, experiment, keep what you like and forget what you don't..

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