Middle Eastern Lead

by David Wallimann

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  • In today's lesson, we'll create a Middle Eastern sounding lead with the use of the Phrygian dominant scale.

    A dominant scale is a scale that has a major 3rd and a minor 7th. In that matter, the Mixolydian mode is a dominant mode. We actually refer to the chord that's built on that mode the Dominant 7 chord...

    That means that a Phrygian Dominant scale is a Phrygian mode to which we'll transform the 3rd into a major 3rd. There is no need to alter the 7th since it's already a minor 7th.

    We will play in C Phrygian dominant with a modulation in Db Lydian, which is very close to C Phrygian dominant.

    I also included some detailed spoken explanations for your convenience and all the examples are recorded over a click.

    Have fun!


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