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Daniel: scales06 Feb 2004 23:41
Hi everybody

i would like to know if someone could tell me about the scales that Brian mostly uses or the scales more recommendated for that kind of music

Daniel

1.PD 07 Feb 2004 11:40

Brian used more types of scales. He usually used three fingers for these.



Blues scales = pentatonic scale + some blue notes
-8-5------------------------|-8-5-----------------------
-----8-5--------------------|-----8-5-------------------
---------7-5----------------|---------8-7-5-------------
-------------7-5------------|---------------7-5---------
-----------------7-5-3------|-------------------7-6-5-3-
-----------------------5-3--|---------------------------

a scale from Flash:
|-*------------------*---------------*---|
|-8b10---8-6-5---------------------------|
|--------------7-5-----------------------|
|------------------7-6-5-3---------------|
|--------------------------5-3-----------|
|------------------------------5-4-3-1---|

one from Back Chat:
|---20b22----20p17---------------------------------------|
|------------------20p17---------------------------------|
|------------------------20p19p17------------------------|
|---------------------------------19-17----________------|
|---------------------------------------19-18-17-15------|
|---------------------------------------------------17---|






Diatonic scales (Major/minor): compared to blues-oriented guitarists (eg. Jimmy Page) Brian May made relatively frequent use of diatonic scales or scale fragments.
See: A Kind Of Magic (outro), Bicycle Race, Somebody To Love, Bohemian Rhapsody (pre-Coda), Don't Try So Hard,
Breakthrou. Sometimes he used these scales because the actual songwriter wanted him to.

chromatic scales: Invisible Man, Hang On In There, Innuendo (Steve Howe), My Love Is Dangerous (Paul Vincent),

Combined scales: Spread Your Wings - Live Kilers: this solo nicely combines diatonic and pentatonic approach.

Exotic scales: see Mustapha


If you learn some solos, you'll get the picture.

2.Sebastian 07 Feb 2004 13:03
I remember Brian saying he wanted to do 'x' scale in It's A Hard Life but Freddie asked him to do 'y' scale (I don't remember exactly).

Daniel if you are recording and want to recreate Brian you should try out three-part guitar harmonies as well.
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