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FOREIGN SCALES

Introduction: After learning conventional scales, take the time to increase your understanding by studying the foreign scales below. You will find elements similar to those found in the scales you already know, as well as unique characteristics that will help you develop your own style and sound. Learn the fretboard fingering pattern of these scales with the Scale Maker.

Algerian
The Algerian scale consists of 8 different notes. Notice how the F note is sharp in the fourth step of the scale and natural in the eleventh step.
Formula: WS, HS, TS, HS, HS, TS, HS, WS, HS, WS

Algerian

Arabian
The Arabian scale consists of 7 different notes plus the octave.
Formula: WS, WS, HS, HS, WS, WS, WS

Arabian

Balinese
The Balinese scale consists of 5 different notes just like the pentatonic with the fourth and seventh scale steps omitted.
Formula: HS, WS, QS, HS, QS

Balinese

Byzantine
The Byzantine scale consists of 7 different notes.
Formula: HS, TS, HS, WS, HS, TS, HS

Byzantine

Chinese
The Chinese scale consists of 8 different notes. It is unique among other foreign scales in that there is a harmony added to each scale step.
Horizontal Formula: QS, WS, HS, QS, HS
Vertical Formula: PS, TS, TS, PS, TS, PS

Chinese

Egyptian
The Egyptian scale consists of 5 different notes just like the pentatonic except that the third and sixth scale steps are omitted. This scale does, however, have the same shape (and formula) as the 2nd shape of the major pentatonics.
Formula: WS, TS, WS, TS, WS

Egyptian

Ethiopian
The Ethiopian scale consists of 7 different notes. Notice how that when you ascend the scale Bb, Eb, and F natural notes are played, and when you descend the scale F#, E natural, and B natural notes are played. This concept is also seen in the Melodic Minor Scale.
Formula: WS, HS, WS, WS, HS, WS, WS

Ethiopian

Hungarian
The Hungarian scale consists of 7 different notes.
Formula: TS, HS, WS, HS, WS, HS, WS

Hungarian

Israeli
The Israeli scale consists of 7 different notes.
Formula: HS, TS, HS, WS, HS, WS, WS

Israeli

Japanese
The Japanese scale consists of 5 different notes just like the pentatonic except that the third and seventh scale steps are omitted.
Formula: HS, QS, WS, HS, QS

Japanese

Javanese
The Javanese scale consists of 7 different notes.
Formula: HS, WS, WS, WS, WS, HS, WS

Javanese

Mongolian
The Mongolian scale consists of 5 different notes just like the pentatonic with the fourth and seventh scale steps omitted and the same formula.
Formula: WS, WS, TS, WS, TS

Mongolian

Neapolitan
The Neapolitan scale consists of 7 different notes.
Formula: HS, WS, WS, WS, WS, WS, HS

Neapolitan

Persian
The Persian scale consists of 7 different notes. Notice how that when you ascend the scale a Gb note is played, and when you descend the scale a G natural note is played. This concept is also seen in the Melodic Minor Scale.
Formula: HS, TS, HS, HS, WS, TS, HS

Persian

Spanish
The Spanish scale consists of 7 different notes. Notice that the Israeli scale consists of the same formula. The only difference is that the Spanish scale starts on the C note in comparison to the Israeli scale which begins on E.
Formula: HS, TS, HS, WS, HS, WS, WS

Spanish

Legend

HS = half step (one fret)
WS = whole step (two frets)
TS = tri-step (3 half steps)
QS = quardra-step (4 half steps)
PS = penta-step (5 half steps)


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