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post Jan 29 2013, 01:20 AM
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I'm wondering what scale I am using to play this? I want to tell a guitar soloist what scale to focus on in my song. He is playing as a guest, hopefully.

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Sinisa Cekic
post Jan 29 2013, 02:03 AM
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Phrygian dominant mode ( D in this case )


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post Jan 29 2013, 06:49 PM
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yeah, the notes on the recording are D Eb F# G A Bb

So if you add in a C on top you get the 5th mode of G Harmonic Minor


D Eb F# G A Bb C D

Or, G Harmonic Minor starting on D.


This scale is most often used over a 7th chord in order to get a b9 and b13 sound, the Eb and Bb notes in this key.

Try putting on a D7 chord vamp and soloing over it with this scale, resolving the Eb to the D and the Bb to the A after you have created tension with the b9 and b13.

Fun scale!


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post Jan 30 2013, 03:06 AM
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My people ( biggrin.gif I'm Jewish) call it D 'Freygish' coming from Phrygian.
Like Sinisa, I call it Phrygian Dominant or Phrygian natural 3 (or phryg major).
And like Matt says it's easy to remember it as a mode of the common harmonic minor scale (5th mode in this case)

Very common in Klezmer music.
They even write it with a compound key signature: Bb, Eb and F#
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*in Klezmer music, the 6th degree (Bb in this case) is sometimes a B natural if it is melodically approached and departed from above.

Awesome over 'static' dominant chords, sus chords or even root-5th-root power chord jams.

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post Feb 12 2013, 06:02 PM
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Good info! biggrin.gif

Thanks guys!


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