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Learn to Play “The Mediterranean Breeze” by Okan Ersan with on-screen TABS


Okan Ersan is professional guitarist from Cyprus influenced by the melodies of the east ethnic beats and roots of the oriental Mediterranean. Today, he has prepared a playthrough video for you to discover some really nice exotic scales.

(click on the image to download the Guitar Pro tab excerpt)

About the piece

“Hi there,

Here is one of my favourites from the album “A Reborn Journey”. I am sure the video and the below details will give you an idea about my approach.

The Mediterranean Breeze is a mixture of western harmony & rhythms and Mediterranean melodies. The common 9/8 rhythms of Mediterranean melodies are creating a polyrhythm on the Section B and combined with 4/4 time signature. Whammy Bar is used to add an exotic style to the melodies by using the microtones.

Let’s break down the different parts of the piece:

    • Section A” – A Dorian scale over 4/4 rhythm and time to time Bluenote (Eb) is used.
      A Dorian scale: A B C D E F# G A (Contains chromatic approach with G# and C#)
    • Section B” – A Dorian #4 scale over 9/8 rhythm.
      A Dorian #4 scale: A B C D# E F# G A (IV Harmonic minor 4th mode).
    • Bar 40-41 and 79-80 – A Superlocrian Scale (Mel min 7th mode)
      A Superlocrian scale: A Bb C Db Eb F G A

Wishing you a colorful practice routine!”

– Okan Ersan

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  1. adrien - November 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Thanks Lenny! I think you can ask Okan directly on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OkanErsan. Cheers!

  2. LennyB. - October 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Love the solo on the Panzerballett version!! is there any playthrough of it / or at least of the scales used? (I guess it was improvised for the major part? )
    all the best!

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