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I was listening to John Scarpulla's webpage and love his picketlike title track. If you listen to his short cut Spagetti legs he sounds to me incredible and I have no idea what scale he's using. If you don't want to public post then just PM me. I know that in addition to quite a few good players here there are some pros who rarely post. Thanks alot, I'd like to put that sound in my ear and yes to the first set of advice I will transcribe it!! THanks K
 

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I think on the second half he uses a whole tone scale, but I'm not sure.
 

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Keith my man

I don't think he's using any scale out of the ordinary. Its what the rhythm section are doing that makes it sound unusual probably. I haven't really studied it but it sounded like a minor scale , probably based on dorian. Sounds like it then goes up a semitone, as with 'so what' before the head at the end. Nice sound though!
 

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It sounds to me like an altered scale or a pentatonic variation based off it.
C#DEFGABC#.
This reminds me of a cool thing I discovered awhile ago. If I'm playing on a minor groove like D minor you can play the D Minor pentaonic DFGACD. Use the same pentaonic but drop the root a half step so now it's C#FGACC#. I use this alot to take solos out a bit. It sounds pretty cool.:)
 

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I hope I didn't offend any of the great players here on the forum. I just thought I'd get an idea of whats going on and then try to copy it. Alot of it is his tone. Thanks K
 
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