Three More Weird-Ass Scales

The last Three Weird Ass Scales proved popular so here are three more to introduce some new sounds to your playing.

A quick restatement of the disclaimer:

- The “weird ass”ness of the scales depends entirely on your perspective.
- The examples are a lame pastiche rather than an authentic example of use.

Double Harmonic Minor – Hungarian Scale

How it Sounds

 
Hungarian Scale

In C

C – D – Eb – F# – G – Ab – B – C

In General

1 – 2 – b3 – #4 – 5 – b6 – 7

How to Play It

DoubleHarmonicMinor

An Example

HungarianExample

 
Hungarian Scale Example

Japanese In Scale

How it Sounds

 
Japanese In Scale

You Might Recognise it From: Sakura, Sakura

In C

C – Db – F – G – Ab – C

In General

1 – b2 – 4 – 5 – b6

How to Play It

InScale

An Example

JapaneseInScaleExample

 
In Scale Example

Dominant Bebop Scale

How it Sounds

 
Dominant Bebop Scale

In C

C – D – E – F – G – A – Bb – B – C

In General

1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – b7 – 7

How to Play It

BebopDominant

An Example

BebopExample

 
Bebop Dominant Example

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9 Comments

  1. seba July 12th, 2013 1:53 am

    excelent!! very good! can you paraelisa in uke?
    send me please!

  2. Mike July 14th, 2013 6:46 pm

    Please could you tell me which brand / model uke are u playing in the Sakura Sakura vid? Very nice, lovely color too. Thanks. Mike

  3. Woodshed July 15th, 2013 6:50 am

    Mike: It’s an Ohana TK-35G.

  4. wastad July 17th, 2013 7:41 am

    thanks – did bach use a bebop scale? one of the b’s being called h and then he could musically spell his name?

  5. Woodshed July 17th, 2013 8:26 am

    wasted: Yep, Bach was a huge Dizzy Gillespie fan.

  6. Johnny July 18th, 2013 5:35 am

    Is there more to the Japanese example/what’s it from?

    I really enjoy playing it.

  7. mikeormsby July 18th, 2013 6:41 am

    Johhny, you read my mind. I’ve been playing the Japanese scale and Sakura tab every day since it appeared here. But I’m was wondering, are these the ONLY notes a trad-Japanese musician would use? Sure, the scale has a beautifully minimal Zen sound and makes me want to throw all my furniture away, live in a rock garden eating only sushi… but there must be more to it than this, tone-wise?

  8. mikeormsby July 18th, 2013 6:42 am

    Johnny, sorry for typo …

  9. Woodshed July 18th, 2013 6:43 am

    Johnny: That’s all their is, I’m afraid. I wrote it myself.

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