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Arabic Guitar Scales - Hijaz positions

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If you are looking to play a different guitar sound, that exotic sound of Ancient Egypt and Desert Sahara check this presentation.

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I will show you a few positions to get started playing the most popular Arabic scale, Maqam Hijaz. If you are familiar with tab reading or basic knowledge about guitar, you can play tasty Arabic melodies real quick.

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Arabic Guitar Scales - Hijaz positions

  1. 1. Arabic Guitar Scales Hijaz Positions
  2. 2. For Whom? • Guitar players with passion for exotic, new or unusual scales. • Guitar players who feel stuck in a certain sound looking to explore new places. • Guitar players with basic knowledge of notes, strings and frets. • Guitar players with passion for improvisation and soloing. • Guitar players with tight time for practice seeking condensed info. • Guitar players who are looking for a solid base to expand upon afterwards.
  3. 3. A bit of history you could skip! • In this post I will show you a few positions you can use to play the "Egyptian scale" to cover the entire guitar fretboard. • Before you start objection about the name :) , let me tell you quickly that no one knows exactly the origin of this musical scale. • All recorded history shows that it has been widely used in the Middle East region and surrounding areas.
  4. 4. A bit more info. • It has been used (sometimes abused as a cliché) in music score for films about the ancient Egyptian civilization or the Pharaohs beside films about famous legends like Aladdin, Ali Baba and others. • Other names indicate related and other roots. like Hijaz, Phrygian Major, Phrygian Dominant, Gypsy Phrygian, Spanish Phrygian..etc
  5. 5. Scale diagrams I will assume that you are starting from a point with basic experience of string names, fret numbers, note names and tab reading. In this presentation I will show you a few positions you can play starting from the lowest position to the octave at fret 12.
  6. 6. Scale diagrams Like tabs, scale diagrams show you the guitar fretboard from a flipped viewpoint similar to the one seen by the player when holding the guitar. The string at the bottom is the low E and the one on top is the high E. Strings are in standard tuning EADGBE
  7. 7. How to use? First look at the scale diagram and focus on the position you want to play then locate the root notes E highlighted in dark blue As you see in the scale diagram shown below, one position is highlighted in two colors. Each color shows you the frets with the notes to play in one octave from E to E.
  8. 8. How to use? Both octaves when connected will allow you to cover a position in 2 octaves with a variety of root note places. Use those root notes as your life saver as you play, whenever you are not sure, hesitant or feeling a bit lost you can always go back to those notes safely.
  9. 9. Simply.. • Know from which root you are starting (Fret number on what string) • Watch the video • Look at the scale diagram • Check the highlighted octave. • Enjoy your practice 
  10. 10. Fret 0 Low E
  11. 11. Fret 2 D String
  12. 12. Fret 7 A String
  13. 13. Fret 9 G String
  14. 14. Fret 12 Low E
  15. 15. Link on Youtube If you prefer you can watch the video on Youtube
  16. 16. Looking for licks? Once you get familiar with Hijaz positions you can take the next level by playing some tasty original licks with strong Arabic Hijaz flavor. Check my mini course at www.arabicguitar.net 15 original Hijaz licks in video and audio 3 different tempos (Slow – Medium – Fast) Guitar pro and standard tabs Scale diagrams Drones and backing tracks Check a sample on Youtube here Or Get it Now here www.arabicguitar.net