Here’s the Enigmatic Scale in Eb. As you can see it contains the intervals 1, b2, 3, #4, #5, #6, and 7, which is an odd collection to say the least, but this is what gives the scale its distinctive sound.
First Things First
The first thing you should do with any new scale, sound (or theory concept) is to really listen and learn to recognize that sound. A lot of guitarists dive into complex theory and completely disregard the sound of what they’re learning, which leads to not being able to use the very thing you spend hours or even days learning! Use the shape below and tune your low E string down a semi-tone to Eb, so that you have a temporary drone, or use a looper pedal if you have one.
Next Up: Power Chords
The next thing you should do with a new scale, especially an exotic on like this, is locate all the power chords or 5 chords (1, 5) that are available. In Eb Enigmatic you have some classic power chords available such as E5, A5, G5, and D5, plus some b5 power chords (1, b5). Now you know that you can solo over these power chords with Eb Enigmatic!
Take another look at the diagram.
Venturing into the unknown means coming up with your own chord shapes. Simply take any group or cluster of three, four or even five notes from the diagram and make chords. It’s not necessary to name them at this point as they’ll be easy for you to remember because YOU found them—no one showed them to you. See what you can come up with.
Putting It All Together
You now have a selection of approaches or tools with which to go at the Enigmatic scale, or any other exotic scale you like the sound of; and if you’re hungry for more exotic scales and modes, check out our Exotic Scales and Modes eBook here.
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