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    Default Middle Eastern Scale

    Arabic music has maqam, similar to scales. This particular one (Hijaz) sounds the most typically "Middle-Eastern" to my ear; maybe that's because I hear it so often in the movies and all.

    Anyway, you can noodle around with this and get an instant exotic sound on the ukulele. Among other things, this one is the basis of Misirlou, a song you might recognize. A surf-rock version of this song was used as the theme of the movie "Pulp Fiction." I'm working on tab for that song, and I'll post it when I'm done.

    Here is the scale in C for the Soprano Ukulele, (or any Uke with re-entrant tuning.) This example is in 8/8 time; it's just the scale going up and down.

    A||--------------1-3-|-4-3-1------------||---||
    E||.-----0-1---------|-----------1-0---.||---||
    C||.-0-1-------------|---------------1-.||-0-||
    G||----------0-1-----|-------1-0--------||---||

    Here it is in E for the Baritone Ukulele. This example starts with the root note, dips down a step and then continues up the scale and back down again.It's also 8/8 time.

    E||-----------------|---0-1-4-5-4-1-0-|-----------------||---||
    B||.------------0-1-|-3---------------|-3-1-0----------.||---||
    G||.--------1-2-----|-----------------|-------2-1------.||---||
    D||-2-0-2-3---------|-----------------|-----------3-2-0-||-2-||

    (or you might want to play it this way)

    E||-----------------|-------4-5-4-----|-----------------||---||
    B||.------------0-1-|-3-5-6-------6-5-|-3-1-0----------.||---||
    G||.--------1-2-----|-----------------|-------2-1------.||---||
    D||-2-0-2-3---------|-----------------|-----------3-2-0-||-2-||

    Hope you have fun with this, and my explanation makes sense to you. I'm new at this; this is my second tab. I've got lots of notebooks filled with stuff like this (different scales and tabs that I've worked out for myself,) but I need to eventually type it all into the computer.

    Last edited by Buddy McCue; 04-06-2009 at 01:33 PM.

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    Love it Buddy! Have anymore for me?

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    This is pretty cool, I remember when I used to take guitar lessons my teacher tried to teach me this type of scale. It had a certain name I think, but I forget. Anyways, thanks a bunch!
    When life's got you down,
    and you don't hear a sound,
    you feel short and small in a world loud and tall,
    drowned in stress, and its a big mess,
    pick up your uke and play.

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    Moving this to the Tips , Tricks and Technique section.

    Nana ka maka; ho`olohe ka pepeiao;
    pa`a ka waha.

    Observe with the eyes; listen with the ears; shut the mouth.
    Thus one learns.


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    Yes, but give me some time to tab stuff out.

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    good stuff braddah, much appreciated

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    thanks for sharing! these are fun to play with.

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    Default Very cool...but

    Yes, this is very cool, and thanks!

    But I have the same feeling that I had when someone posted the gypsy scales a couple of months back: the scales are good, but I wish someone could post full songs in this genres - the scales alone got tired very quickly.

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    Thanks for the post. I am definitely looking to add more scales to the repertoire.


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    Quote Originally Posted by therimidalv View Post
    This is pretty cool, I remember when I used to take guitar lessons my teacher tried to teach me this type of scale. It had a certain name I think, but I forget. Anyways, thanks a bunch!
    I think it's called Phygrian Dominant scale. Coincidentily, I looked up middle eastern scales earlier after getting into a convo about Adam Lambert's rendition of Ring of Fire on AI.

    Thanks Buddy!
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