In this post I will show you a few positions you can use to play the “Egyptian scale” to cover the guitar fretboard.
Before you start objection about the name 🙂 , let me tell you quickly that no one knows exactly the origin of this musical scale. All recorded history show that it has been widely used in the Middle East region and surrounding areas. It has been used (sometimes abused as a cliche) in music score for films about the ancient Egyptian civilization or the Pharaohs.
Other names indicate other roots. like Hijaz, Phrygian Major, Phrygian Dominant, Gypsy Phrygian, Spanish Phrygian..etc
Note that original Arabic Hijaz has a few variations in which some has micro-tones but that is not the scope of our lesson here today. We will focus on the variation of Hijaz that is identical to the 5th mode of the A Harmonic minor scale or the Phrygian Dominant mode from E
First, lets look at how this scale is laid out. It starts all the way down from the the lowest E note. Note that we will study the E Hijaz this time, so the root note is E and it is also known as E Phrygian Dominant Mode in western music theory.
Positions to cover the beginning of the fretboard starting from low E
Positions to cover the middle of the fretboard
starting from E on fret 7 on A string
Positions to cover the upper part of the fretboard around fret 12 and above
For more about the “Egyptian scale” check my mini course here.
It will show you how to play tasty original guitar licks using this scale. It includes guitar pro tabs + audio + video + pdf + jam tracks and more
Here is a sample of the licks included.