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spanish scale????

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by phil-am, Oct 26, 2005.


  1. phil-am

    phil-am

    Oct 18, 2005
    philippines
    :) need some help..i want to learn some spanish scale..like those licks in a guitar in a soundtrack of mask of zorro..spanish or latin scale i think..and is there any procedures in changing my bass strings? or i just change it in any order?..just asking..tnx..
     
  2. Chili

    Chili

    Mar 8, 2005
    Newcastle/England
    like mexican kind of stuff?
     
  3. Kelly Coyle

    Kelly Coyle Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Mankato, MN
    The fifth mode of the harmonic minor scale.

    A harm minor, E mode:

    e f g# a b c d
     
  4. WillBuckingham

    WillBuckingham

    Mar 30, 2005
    A guitar player freind of mine wrote what he called a "spanish" tune using the phrygian mode (starting on the third scale degree of a major scale): e, f, g, a, b, c, d, e
     
  5. dodgy_ian

    dodgy_ian

    Apr 9, 2001
    Newcastle, UK
    yeah either the phyrgian mode or as Kelly C posted, 5th mode of the Harmonic minor more commonly known as Phyrgian dominant.


    Phrygian = 1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 Oct

    Phrgyian Dominant = 1 b2 maj3rd 4th 5th b6 b7 Oct

    They're are both fairly spanishy the second more so, you could try using them over either a minor chord (e.g Dm7) on a dominant chords (e.g. D7).
     
  6. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    The phrygian dominant has more of an arabic flavor, which is OK since Spanish music has very deep arabic roots. To me, the best Spanish effect is created by playing an ascending phrygian dominant scale and then a descending phrygian.
     
  7. groove100

    groove100

    Jan 22, 2005
    VA.
    for me its Phrygian with a major 3rd

    E - F - G - G# - A - B - C - D
     
  8. DGbass70

    DGbass70

    Jun 1, 2005
    Rochester N.Y.
    i believe what you are looking for is called Flamenco(guitar) style......