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.
About the piece
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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