Josh Homme Scale

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson based on the Josh Homme Scale!
    At first, let’s talk about Josh. He is a guitarist mostly known for his work with the band Queens of the Stone Age, among many other projects and previous bands.

    “Homme was formerly a guitarist and founder of the stoner rock band Kyuss. He co-founded and occasionally performs with Eagles of Death Metal, playing drums and bass for their studio recordings, and produces a musical improv series with other musicians, mostly from the Palm Desert Scene, known as The Desert Sessions. In 2009, he formed a new project called Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones, who released their debut album that same year. In 2016, he released Post Pop Depression, an album with Iggy Pop.[8] He has been involved with numerous other projects, including Arctic Monkeys and Biffy Clyro.” – from Wikipedia


    About the lesson:

    In this lesson I’ve composed a tune based on a concept that I’ve discovered thanks to an interview in which he explains that by adapting some notes from the Blues Scale he got a very cool sounding scale that become “his” thing, and that used a lot in his riffs, solos and compositions.

    The idea of this lesson is to cover the scale, to show its application in a real music tune, and to inspire you to do the same than Josh did to find new sounds: Experiment by changing some notes from the scales, arpeggios and chords that you already know.

    Please check the video part 1 to learn more about the Josh Homme scale, and learn this track as an example of how it can be applied. You can also use the Jamtrack provided in this lesson to make improvise using D Josh Homme Scale.

    Sound:
    I used LePoin plugins to create the guitar tone. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommended. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is HyBrit which is a Marshall amp emulation and before it a fuzz pedal emulation by Waves Guitar Stomps. Check out the settings:






    I used Cubase to record audio and midi, superior drummer for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Tuning: Standard Tuning

    Tempo: 90 BPM


    D Josh Homme Scale

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