Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Exotic Blood, Part 2 — Soloing with Exotic Scales in Heavy Metal

by Metal Mike Chlasciak
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at 10:20am

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Last month, I introduced a few unusual, exotic scales that I find useful and worthy of thorough examination for metal soloing.

Two of my favorite metal guitar players, Marty Friedman and James Murphy, have distinguished themselves with their incorporation of such exotic scales into their solos. The scales I’ve been discussing thus far find their roots in Arabian and Japanese music, and I’d like to continue this month with a look at another Arabian scale, Arabian pentatonic minor.

As its name implies, Arabian pentatonic minor is, like the standard minor pentatonic scale, a five-tone scale (penta means five and tonic means tone), but it offers a slight twist.