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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by cods, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. cods


    Sep 16, 2003
    scales and/or patterns that sound medieval. yngwie mamsteen/rhapsody-esque kind of sound. not necessarily classical sounding.
  2. Dorian, mixolydian. For more Celtic sounding medieval scales, use what they call a "gapped scale" -- what we call a "pentatonic scale." :)

    It pretty much just depends on your note choice. I know it may sound cliched, but use a lot of fifths in chords, and in the melody use repetative melodic riffs and variations.
  3. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    You could try the harmonic and Hungarian minor scales. They have a slight eastern ring/feel to them, IMHO. Both scales have a 1.5 semitone step in their definition which seems to get you the type of mystical eastern-like sound you might be looking for.

    H = 1 semitone
    W = 2 semitones
    1.5 = 3 semitones

    Hungarian Minor Scale:

    W, H, 1.5, H, H, 1.5, H

    Harmonic Minor Scale:

    W, H, W, W, H, 1.5, H

    Gypsy Scale:

    H, 1.5, H, W, H, W, W

    (From www.worldguitar.com/start.html <- Then click on Scale link)