Mike Christiansen

Complete Guitar Scale Dictionary

for: Electric guitar

Music lesson book, online media

Item no.764905
Author/ComposerMike Christiansen
Scope60 pages
Publisher/ProducerMel Bay Publications
Producer No.MB 94756M
22.30 €
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Delivery time: 4–6 weeks
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Absolutely a landmark text! Author Mike Christiansen spent countless hours researching the scale forms used in all major musical idioms and also those found in other non-Western musical cultures. In addition to a myriad of scale forms (both conventional and rare) for major, minor, pentatonic, and blues, in-depth sections are contained on modes symmetrical altered scales, exotic scales and Japanese scales.

Among the scale forms presented are Byzantine, Persian, East Indian Purvi, enigmatic, eight-tone Spanish, Prometheus, Gagaku, Zokugaku, In Sen Pou, Arabian and Balinese!! Scales are shown in notation, tablature, and diagram form. Also, rules are given for each scale showing construction and appropriate usage in relation to chordal structure and harmony. Companion online video features Mike and Corey Christiansen demonstrating improvisational applications of each scale. Includes access to online video.


  • How To Read The Scales
  • How To Use The Book
  • Major Scales
  • Major Scales
  • Neopolitan Major
  • Hungarian Major
  • Harmonic Major
  • Minor Scales
  • Natural Minor Scales
  • Harmonic Minor Scales
  • Melodic Minor Scales
  • Jazz Minor
  • Hungarian Minor
  • Lydian Minor
  • Neopolitan Minor
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Major Pentatonic Scales
  • Minor Pentatonic Scales
  • Blues Scales
  • The Blues Scale
  • The Major Blues Scale
  • Modes
  • Ionian Mode
  • Dorian Mode
  • Phrygian Mode
  • Lydian Mode
  • Mixolydian Mode
  • Aeolian Mode
  • Locrian Mode
  • Super Locrian Mode
  • Lydian Dominant
  • Major Locrian
  • Symmetrical/ Altered Scales
  • Chromatic
  • Diminished (Whole-Halt)
  • Diminished (Half-Whole)
  • Whole Tone
  • Diminished Whole Tone
  • Leading Whole Tone
  • Symmetrical
  • Six Tone Symmetrical
  • Exotic Scales
  • Arabian Scale
  • Balinese Scale
  • Byzantine (Popular in India) :
  • Hungarian Gypsy
  • Persian
  • East Indian Purvi
  • Oriental
  • Double Harmonic
  • Enigmatic
  • Overtone
  • Eight Tone Spanish
  • Prometheus
  • Japanese Scales
  • Gagaku (Rittsu Sen Pou)
  • Gagaku (Ryo Sen Pou)
  • Zokugaku (You Sen Pou)
  • In Sen Pou
  • Okinawa