Psychedelic Guitar Scales (with TABs)

Since many people visit my blog to know more about scales for psychedelic guitar, I would like to explain some basics in more detail. And in tablature, this time.

As a preparation, please read this former post! I will give you a basic riff to improvise on, by using the mixolydian scale. You can either play this scale the usual way (example 1) or slide along just the G-string (example 2), maybe pretending your guitar was a sitar…

So, use some slides, bendings and so on! Scales are just a raw material, nothing more. You have to make something out of it. Go ahead now.

Psychedelic Basic Riff in A – give it a nice rhythm!







Example 1): Psychedelic Scale (A mixolydian)







Example 2): A mixolydian on just one string (G string): use slides in a wild manner!

G –––0––2––4––6––7––9––11––12––14–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Don’t forget to practice each scale either way, meaning downward as well as upward! Furthermore, it’s understood that nobody will be able to create a psychedelic sound who lacks listening experience with psychedelic music…

If so, maybe you should listen to the medley in this former post: psychedelic medley and the list of tunes

3 Replies to “Psychedelic Guitar Scales (with TABs)”

  1. Thank you, already wrote a song based on scale, will add scale to my practice routine, don’t know much about modes so this was very helpful

  2. Personally I think it’s best to find the mixylodian scale all over the fret board. Then use technique to get an Indianesque sound. No need to bend as you only bend a real sitar string to reach the notes out of position, so it sounds more like a slide anyhow. Hammer on and off and role downs and then the picking style really counts. On a Sitar you use one finger, forward and back (Da and Ra) , like da ra da ra da-ra da ra da ra da-ra. And they seem to like the contrast of speeds..
    But then don’t let correctness ruin your song.

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