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Thread: Red Baron Inprov scales

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    Question Red Baron Inprov scales

    hi what scale(s) are the guitar player using in the song red baron by billy cobham?

    here is the song:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NLY9VTt1Ys&feature=fvst

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    This tune is in G minor (it actually sounds more dorian to me, but I couldn't spot the illusive natural e), and the solos are played over a Gm7 vamp.

    The guitarist mostly uses the handy G minor pentatonic scale. He sometimes adds the b5 of the scale - the note Db to achieve the blues scale sound.
    I also noticed that he plays with the 3rd of the chord - The minor 3rd of Gm7 is Bb but he sometimes adds the natural B (major 3rd) , once again to achieve a bluesy sound.

    If you want to go further with your own solo over Gm7, try using the G Dorian scale. It consists of the notes G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F. Notice that 5 of these notes are already in the minor pentatonic scale (G, Bb, C, D , F). So just add A and E from time to time in your licks to give it an interesting twist. It's pretty popular in this type of funky vamp tunes.

    Have fun..

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumdead10000 View Post
    hi what scale(s) are the guitar player using in the song red baron by billy cobham?

    here is the song:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NLY9VTt1Ys&feature=fvst
    Can't go too far wrong asking Google to call up some chords on the song if you are hunting for the key.
    Yes its Gm using a two chord vamp. Give-a-way that a minor mode or minor pentatonic will work.

    My point -- Google can usually help with stuff like this.
    Last edited by Malcolm; 09-25-2010 at 08:10 PM.

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