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FRETBOARD LESS TRAVELED HEXATONIC SCALES (WHEN 5 IS NOT ENOUGH AND 7 IS TOO MANY) Rich Severson  GŒ„Š13 Sometimes blues and rock guitar players are turned off when learning major scales. They just sound so…. HOKEY MAJOR. The modes might offer more useable sounds, but they are so . . .NOTEY. Pentatonics are working for you, but you’ve . . .WORN THEM OUT. Maybe a hexatonic approach is just what you need. Rich Severson 1 œ#œ ˙ 4 œ œ œ &4 œ#œ œ œœœœ 2 ⁄ 3 2 2 2 3 are plenty of six note scales out there with the Blues Scale and the Whole Tone scale. I want to give you a practical approach to & One way you might look at hexatonic scales is spelled G Bb C D F and add a C# between C and D. Now you have G Blues: G Bb C C# D E F. This is a well-established Hexatonic scale. 4 1 2 4 1 2 4 1 and subtracting a note. 4 Major Hexatonic (do re mi). I call it the Do Re Mi Major Hexatonic because it’s the first three 4 5 7 3 œ#œ ˙ 5 C seems to make it sound less like a scale. 5 3 1 3 1 ⁄ 3 3 2 1 4 4 3 1 4 3 1 3 3 1 4 7 5 8 3 1 4 7 5 10 14 15 12 4 4 2 2 2 7 5 5 3 5 A‹7 5fr 2 & œ œ#œ œ œ œ # œ œ œœœ 8 7 "A" Dorian Hexatonic Lick œ˙ œ #œ œ œ œ œ # œ œ œœ 10 9 "A" Dorian Hexatonic = MINOR 7th sounds 3 1 2 4 2 1 3 1 3 ⁄ 5 2 4 2 2 3 7 5 4 4 5 4 3 œœ ˙ 2 4fr 3 & œ œ#œ 11 #œ œœœœœ "D" Mixolydian Hexatonic Lick œœœ˙ 12 œ œ œ œ#œœ œœœ œœ w œ 1 13 3 1 1 the two surrounding 5 ⁄ 5 7 7 7 5 5 4 7 Copyright © 2016 by Guitar College, Inc. works well. Experiment with your own creations. If you The combinations seem endless when you come up with some cool and useable Hexatonic consider the modes of major and minor scales. scales, let me know about it! Labeling them, as far as I can tell, is not set in ‘Till next time... Jul  Aug 2016 7 9 7 7 added the chord they will sound good over. 42 9 7 7 5 7 notes, more. 1 5 5 Here are some scales I like to use. I’ve also is 1 3 1 14 8 10 7 4 5 7 Remember, less 1 3 1 "D" Mixolydian Hexatonic = DOMINANT 7th sounds which makes Hexatonic unique sounding. sometimes 3 1 CollectibleGuitar.com 8 9 5 the term “Hexatonic” after the parent scale between 5 7 7 D9 stone so call them whatever you want. Adding Eliminating one note causes a wider interval 5 3 Some define a “G” Major Hexatonic scale as G A B C D E, which I don’t like as much. ˙. œ œ#œ œ œ œ œ œ #œ œ œ œœœ œ 6 Here's a lick/sequence you can use 3 12 notes of a G and a D scale. I really like the way the scale sounds over a Gmaj7. Removing the 1 2 5 7 5 to create G A B D E F# which could be called 3 4 7 9 5 10 12 15 Let’s take the G major scale - G A B C D E F# and eliminate a note. I like to remove the C 1 7 2 3 5 Another concept is taking a seven note scale 3 Apply this sequence to the other scales 1 by taking a five note scale and adding another note. Take the G minor Pentatonic, which is 2 œ œ#œ 5 5 3 4 4 œ 3 5 œ œœœ defining them and using them in your playing, and even creating your own your own scales. 3 3 #œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ 3 Major Hexatonic (Do Re Mi) = MAJOR 2sounds 3 Hexatonic simply means a six note scale. There funny names, but the two most common are Try this fingering 1 1 7 5