The Egyptian Scale

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Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website…

Q). One problem I’m having when studying scales is that I don’t fully understand how to apply them. Especially, exotic scales. So, could you go through how a guitarist should approach this? Maybe, run through a scale for me I’m studying now, it’s the, “Egyptian Scale.” Thanks Andrew!
Gus — Germany

A). The idea of practicing new scales (whether they’re exotic or not) has a lot to do with having a solid entrance approach with new scales. There’s a 3-Step process I like to use to help my own students with learning scales. Eventually this idea can be adapted to learn any new type of scale.

The method begins with that of pattern recognition, so practice the heck out of your scale shapes all over the neck, in all keys… Also, you must recognize that every scale has it’s own unique harmony, (harmony = the chords that come from the scale you’re studying). Ultimately, there comes the creation of short chord progressions that you can jam on over & over again to attain your; licks, lines, runs, musical statements and ideas. Down the road the scale will become well engrained and very easy to create melodies with!

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poum machin says:

Thanks man.

Khilan says:

Song for the intro?

Matti pedersen says:

Just experimenting w/ the scale, as you recommended.
I find that you can get the exact same scale via the method I've tabbed out below.
Many will probably find that it's much simpler and easier to perform.
Especially beginner to intermediate level musicians.


Thanks for the awesome video!

rafa galindo says:

Wow! Thakns really well explained! Would love to see more videos like these!

juan-k sporty says:

sounds amazing!

William Shanahan says:

Thank you I learned a lot.

Tom Perri says:

Reminds me of Radiohead a little bit

permanentgrin says:

His approach is concise and moves along nicely.

giuseppe386 says:

Hey awesome video! Compliments!

C4RV3DH4M says:

How do you know where to stack the notes to create the chords?

Colin Betts says:

Great video, very informative and theoretical. Keep em coming!

Tickleshits says:

i was screwing around today and stumbled upon what sounds like a scale i never knew about. it sounded really egyptian and i couldnt stop playing it for like 30 minutes. anyway, thats what brought me here

Ronald Poon says:

Amazing thank you

Tom Mack says:

+mrtalkative91 always harmonize a scale to learn where and how to use it. If you wish contact me I'd tell you how that's done, it's very simple really.

+doomfan12345 yes is a fender strat but looks like the bridge and neck pups are railed humbuckers.

+Ezra Dewayne Anderson Hungarian minor ;), the V mode known as "Double harmonic" is the interesting one. 🙂

Dimitris Arkolakis says:

+Theo Schroder  It is very similar,the difference in only in one note. For example:
Em Harmonic: E  F#  G  A  B  C  D#
Em Egyptian: E  F#  G  A# B  C  D#
The difference is in A–A#

Daisuke H says:

this is great! very helpful, you're a great teacher, thanks for posting

Bill Soyak says:

mrtalkative91 remember the notes in the scale are the same notes in the chords, if your first chord note is D on the 2nd then find Eb, F#,G,Ab,B,C in a chord formation 🙂

carlosjrp815 says:

Such simple and yet enlightening advice. Thanks Andrew!

gazerstrike says:

Andrew you are just awesome.

DwightMS1 says:

You're a great teacher.

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