Please help me identify a scale?

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  1. TRGuy

    TRGuy Member

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    Happy Sunday everyone,

    Been playing about a bit today. Was playing some bit from a Tobin Abasi video and stumbled across this scale. Sounds beautiful, anyone help me identify it?

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    Cheers!
     
  2. SecondFloorTones

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    Well, all the notes are found in the C major scale. They're not played stepwise, but without hearing it in any musical context I'd say just that - C major
     
  3. guitarjazz

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    That's a phygitonic submedianistan scale.
     
  4. JonR

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    C major.
    The reason it sounds "beautiful" is likely to be the chosen pattern, in which certain notes are skipped.
    In the order played, it's E-C-B-A-G-E-D-C-A-F. So it's kind of an Am9 arpeggio followed by a Dm7 arpeggio. (The whole thing could imply an Fmaj13#11 chord, but that's only like saying the entire C scale on an F root.) That implied harmonic structure is what gives it musical meaning, rather than just a random major scale lick.

    Check back with the video, and find out what chord (or chords) the lick is played over. Quite likely, that will be the reason for those particular note choices - and the reason it sounds good.
     

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