The Gypsy Major Scale (Single String)

The Gypsy Major Scale (Single String)

This scale is also known as the Arabic Scale, Byzantine Scale and Double Harmonic Scale

The interval sequence for this scale is:

half step – augmented second – half – whole – half – augmented second – half

In the key of C, the notes are:

C Db E F G Ab B C

In relation to the I, the intervals that make up the scale are

C – Db = minor 2nd
C – E = major 3rd
C – F = perfect 4th
C – G = perfect 5th
C – Ab = minor 6th
C – B = major 7th

Here’s the Gypsy Major Scale in the key of C mapped out on every string.

the-major-gypsy-scale-single-string

Seeing the scale on 1 string at a time, is the fastest, easiest way to be able to solo right away with the scale.

Chords

C Db Em Fm G7b5 Abaug

Some other chords you can derive from this scale:

Caug
Eaug
G#aug
C#m
C#dim
Fdim
C#-maj7
Db7
Db/B
E, E6
G7b9
Abmaj7#5

Cool progressions to solo over

| C | Fm | Db7 | C ||

| Em | Fm | G7b5 | C |

Have fun soloing every day with that scale over any of the above chords or the above chord progressions.
Memorize the notes. Next week we’ll cover the in-position fingerings.

Conclusion

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