On the internet there are thousands of lessons on how to play the Blues. This is NOT one of them. This is a lesson where you learn to play exotic sound in an ‘oriental style’.
In the video below I use a scale called ‘Hirajoshi’ (it’s technically a tuning, but it works as a scale too) and I pair it with some quirky bends to make it sound exotic, imitating the phrasing of instruments like the Japanese Koto or the Chinese Guzheng.
This is an effect you can learn in few minutes and you can use it:
- to have fun!
- at a jam session to surprise your friends
- as a bridge or breakdown in your next song
As you can see, there’s nothing difficult and it takes but a minute to ‘get’ the phrasing. Of course you can change anything (use a different scale, change the phrasing) and make it your own or create different effect: anything goes.
If you do something interesting with it or have any questions, feel free to comment below, I want to hear from you.