Japanese Scale And Phrasing On Guitar

Author: Tommaso Zillio

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.

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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.

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. Visit Tommaso’s site to know more about music theory for guitar and visit his YouTube channel for more videos

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