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Chapters Of Shred Guitar

Justin Harding (1760) · [archive]
Style: Metal · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6



Page 3: "Chapters Of Shred Guitar" - Scales of Choice Part 2

On the first page of "Scales of Choice" we looked at the Major scale and the 7 modes which the scale has. For a summary we learned the modes were;
  1. Ionian ("Major")
  2. Dorian
  3. Phrygian
  4. Lydian
  5. Mixolydian
  6. Aolean ("Natural minor")
  7. Locrian


Now we will look at some of the more exotic scales that are used. All of these scales are based on a mode from the major scale, but have either augmented (made higher) or diminished (made lower) changes to particular notes to change the sound of the scale to something new.

First we will look at one of the favorite scale used by shred guitarists, the Harmonic Minor scale. The Harmonic Minor scale has been used in all sorts of music, and can be frequently heard in classical music. Because of it's unique sound this scale is perfect for shred guitar licks. The scale is constructed from the Natural Minor scale, or the Aeolian Mode, from the Major scale.

The notes for the Natural Minor scale with a key of A are;

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - A - Natural Minor Scale (Aeolian Mode)


A - B - C - D - E - F - G# - A - Harmonic Minor Scale
Notice that the Harmonic Minor scale is the exact same as the Natural Minor scale with 1 difference. It has a raised 7th. So apply the raised 7th to the Natural Minor scale and we now have;





Just like the Major scale the Harmonic Minor scale also has its own modes. I' am not going to post a diagram for each one, but here is the notes for each of the modes. All the modes here are in the key of A.

Harmonic Minor - A-B-C-D-E-F-G#-A

Locrian 6 - A-Bb-C-D-Eb-F#-G-A

Ionian Augmented - A-B-C#-D-E#-F#-G#-A

Dorian #4 - A-B-C-D#-E-F#-G-A

Phrygian Major - A-Bb-C#-D-E-F-G-A

Lydian #2 - A-B#-C#-D#-E-F#-G#-A

Altered - A-Bb-C-Db-Eb-F-Gb-A



Besides the diagram that I posted for the Harmonic Minor scale, I' am also going to post a diagram for the 5th mode of the Harmonic Minor scale, "Phrygian Major" or, "Phrygian Sharped 3rd". Shred guitarist always combine the regular Harmonic Minor scale, and it's 5th mode.

A Diagram of Phrygian Major is below (In the key of E)



Here are a few diagrams for other exotic scales.

Double Harmonic (Gypsy, Byzantine)



Hungarian Minor (Algerian)



Arabian (Major Locrian)



Hirajoshi (allot of Jason Becker runs are based on this)



Lydian Minor




That should be enough scales to mess around with until the next page, enjoy.