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The Japanese Scale • 1m 9s
The Japanese Scale is a five-note scale kind of like the pentatonic scale, but of course you can hear that more exotic Asian flavor. To get the most out of the scale you kind of want to emulate a koto, which is a Japanese 13-stringed instrument. It's a plucked instrument, so to accentuate the sound of this scale you would want to use the stylings of a koto player, such as focusing on the various half-step intervals with aggressive, sharp and quick bends.
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The Japanese Scale will primarily work well over minor tonalities and minor chords so you can hear that minor sound. As you find your way around the scale with the minor pentatonic you’ll understand how you can start a phrase in the Japanese tonality and then move seamlessly into a more tradition...