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These scales are some of my personal favorite to play. These 'eastern' sounding scales are commonly used by players such as Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Yngwie Malmsteen, Chuck Schuldiner, Randy Rhoads, etc ...

Notice that these scales have a lot of 1-1/2 and 2 step intervals. The placement of these wide jumps gives each scale its own distinct sound. For example: The Japanese, Iwato, and Hirajoshi scales all contain two 4 fret (2 step) jumps, giving them a very exotic and almost mystical sound.

A very effective technique to use while soloing using these types of scales is called rubato, meaning 'robbed time'. This is done by playing some of the notes slightly out of time and then getting back in time quickly. Masters of this technique are Marty Friedman and George Lynch. Now, on with the scales.

Harmonic Minor

(Jewish, Mohammedan, Major Phrygian)

W,H,W,W,H,1+,H

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Spanish Gypsy

This scale is the 5th mode from the Harmonic Minor scale. This is one of my personal favorites.

H,1+,H,W,H,W,W

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Double Harmonic (Gypsy, Byzantine)

H,1+,H,W,H,1+,H

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Hungarian Minor (Algerian)

W,H,1+,H,H,1+,H

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Hungarian Gypsy

W,H,1+,H,H,W,W

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Hungarian Major

1+,H,W,H,W,H,W

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Exotic Scales and Modes for guitar. Página 3 de 6 listen to this scale Persian H,1+,H,H,W,1+,H

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Persian

H,1+,H,H,W,1+,H

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Egyptian

This 5 note pentatonic scale is probably the least exotic sounding scale on this page

W,1+,W,1+,W

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Arabian (Major Locrian)

In my opinion, this scale almost sounds too exotic for practical use. W,W,H,H,W,W,W

Exotic Scales and Modes for guitar. Página 3 de 6 listen to this scale Persian H,1+,H,H,W,1+,H

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listen to this scale

Oriental

H,1+,H,H,1+,H,W

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Chinese (Mongolian)

Oddly enough, this scale is also called the 'Country Pentatonic',

which is used in country and western music

...

go figure.

W,W,1+,W,1+

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Japanese (Kumoi)

H,2,W,H,2

Exotic Scales and Modes for guitar. Página 4 de 6 listen to this scale Oriental H,1+,H,H,1+,H,W

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Iwato

H,2,H,2,W

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Hirajoshi

This 'Elongated' box pattern makes it easier to play the 2 step jumps in this scale, adding speed and smoothness.

W,H,2,H,2

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Kokinjoshi

H,2,W,1+,W

Exotic Scales and Modes for guitar. Página 5 de 6 listen to this scale Hirajoshi This

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Lydian Minor

W,W,W,H,H,W,W

Exotic Scales and Modes for guitar. Página 5 de 6 listen to this scale Hirajoshi This

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Prometheus

W,W,W,2,W

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