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Complete Guitar Scale Dictionary

By Mike Christiansen

Guitar (all) - Multiple Levels
Composed by Mike Christiansen. Saddle-stitched, Technic. Complete. All Styles. Book/DVD Set. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.94756DP).

Item Number: MB.94756DP

ISBN 9780786669943. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Absolutely a landmark text! Author Mike Christiansen spent countless hours researching the scale forms used in all major musical idioms and also those found in other non-Western musical cultures. In addition to a myriad of scale forms (both conventional and rare) for major, minor, pentatonic, and blues, in-depth sections are contained on modes symmetrical altered scales, exotic scales and Japanese scales. Among the scale forms presented are Byzantine, Persian, East Indian Purvi, enigmatic, eight-tone Spanish, Prometheus, Gagaku, Zokugaku, In Sen Pou, Arabian and Balinese!! Scales are shown in notation, tablature, and diagram form. Also, rules are given for each scale showing construction and appropriate usage in relation to chordal structure and harmony. Companion DVD included featuring Mike and Corey Christiansen demonstrating improvisational applications of each scale.

  • Introduction 
  • How to Read the Scales 
  • How to Use the Book 
  • Major Scales 
  • Major 
  • Neopolitan Major 
  • Hungarian Major 
  • Harmonic Major 
  • Minor Scales 
  • Natural Minor Scales 
  • Harmonic Minor Scales 
  • Melodic Minor Scales 
  • Jazz minor 
  • Hungarian Minor 
  • Lydian Minor 
  • Neopolitan Minor 
  • Pentatonic Scales 
  • Major Pentatonic Scales 
  • Minor Pentatonic Scales 
  • Blues Scales 
  • The Blues Scale 
  • The Major Blues Scale 
  • Modes 
  • lonian Mode 
  • Dorian Mode 
  • Phrygian Mode 
  • Lydian Mode 
  • Mixolydian Mode 
  • Aeolian Mode 
  • Locrian Mode 
  • Super Locrian Mode 
  • Lydian Dominant 
  • Major Locrian 
  • Symmetrical/Altered Scales 
  • Chromatic 
  • Diminished (Whole-Half) 
  • Diminished (Half-Whole) 
  • Whole Tone 
  • Diminished Whole Tone 
  • Leading Whole Tone 
  • Symmetrical 
  • Six Tone Symmetrical 
  • Exotic Scales 
  • Arabian Scale 
  • Balinese Scale 
  • Byzantine (Popular in India) 
  • Hungarian Gypsy 
  • Persian 
  • East Indian Purvi 
  • Oriental 
  • Double Harmonic 
  • Enigmatic 
  • Overtone 
  • Eight Tone Spanish 
  • Prometheus 
  • Japanese Scales 
  • Gagaku (Rittsu Sen Pou) 
  • Gagaku (Ryo Sen Pou) 
  • Zokugaku (You Sen Pou) 
  • In Sen Pou 
  • Okinawa 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

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  • 2011-08-06 00:00:00.0 Complete Guitar Scale

    I read the review and played the DVD and realized what a novice I am. The lessons are way over my head. I am a flat picker, using chords to sing along with hymns and other songs. I will, no doubt, have to take lessons to learn how to do...

    scales. I have a problem, however, in that I am almost 83 years old and wonder if I can learn to play scales at my age. Thanks for asking. I hope I can learn how to use the product that I ordered. Sincerely Charles Brashear

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