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Old 2006-09-23, 10:15
JonR JonR is offline
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It's not so much the scales (note choices and intervals) but the way you play them. Middle eastern music uses a lot of decoration and ornamentation. On guitar, this means lots of fast trills, hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Also, there are very few chords in that music - if any. Try a bass drone on the root note, and just twiddle away on random scale notes.

A more exotic arabic(ish) scale is the Double Harmonic, which is probably what JOAMdude was trying to get at above. It's like a major scale with b2 and b6, or phrygian dominant with a maj7. Here it is with an E root (E-F-G#-A-B-C-D#-E):

-------------------------------0-1-4------------
-------------------------0-1-3------------------
---------------------1-2------------------------
--------------1-2-3-----------------------------
-------0-2-3------------------------------------
0-1-4-------------------------------------------
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