The Byzantine scale is the same as the Gypsy scale and the double harmonic scale. It is also related to the Phrygian dominant scale.
The scale spelling for a Byzantine scale is: 1, b2, 3, 4, 5, b6, 7. Playing the scale produces a sound very reminiscent of Eastern music.
Byzantine Scale TAB & Scale Diagrams
The Byzantine scale doesn’t exactly fall under the fingers, so take a bit of time practising with it and finding a way of playing it that works for you. Because it contains the major seventh, rather than the minor seventh of the Phrygian dominant scale, the Byzantine scale sounds that much more exotic. It is a great scale to introduce to give a bit of character to a standard rock guitar solo.
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