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Using the E Locrian Scale & Em7b5 Chord
Of course, your first question might be "...why would I ever want to know jack about these things? I bet that's not what Eddie's teaching Wolfgang..." True, perhaps, but it's nice to have options and different ways of thinking about chords and soloing. The locrian scale is a mode of the major scale. If you're not familiar with modes you can learn more in my "Modes of the Major Scale" lesson. Locrian is the last mode, which means you start from the 7th degree of a major scale. An E locrian scale is the 7th mode of an F major scale. So if we play an F major scale but start from E, then we get:
E F G A Bb C D
If we construct its characteristic chord by taking the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th scale degrees, we get E minor7b5
Em7b5: E G Bb D
What does this mean? This means that an E locrian scale will sound great over an Em7b5. But, don't take my word for it. Just play the example below.