Japanese Scales

Japanese Scales

This page contains information on several Japanese scales, and includes guitar tab and fretboard diagrams.

There are several Western interpretations of Japanese scales. They are all pentatonic (i.e. made up of five notes). Each of them produces a slightly different sound, but all are instantly recognisable as being Japanese in origin.

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Byzantine Scale For Guitar – Scale Patterns & Tab. Learn this amazing exotic-sounding scale today!

Byzantine Scale Guitar

The Byzantine scale is the same as the Gypsy scale and the double harmonic scale. It is also related to the Phrygian dominant scale. A quick look at Wikipedia tells me that the Byzantine Empire was ‘was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its …

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Double Harmonic Scale

The double harmonic scale goes by several other names, including the Arabic scale, Gypsy scale and Byzantine scale. It has the unusual feature of two augmented second intervals; these, together with the half-step gap between its first and second notes, give the scale an exotic, Eastern sound. The scale spelling is: 1, b2, 3, 4, …

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Freygish Scale

The Freygish Scale, also known as the Jewish Scale, is a common scale in Middle Eastern music, and produces an instantly recognisable exotic sound. It is also known as the Phrygian dominant scale and the Spanish Gypsy scale. It is widely used in Arabic music, and in Spanish music – it is a scale used …

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Harmonic Minor Scale Guitar

The harmonic minor scale is one of several minor guitar scales that can be used in improvisation. The harmonic minor scale is so named because, particularly in baroque and classical times, it was this scale, rather than (for example) a natural minor or melodic minor scale, which would have been used to harmonise music in a minor key.

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