Josh Homme is one of those guitar players that have a unique style and an instantly recognizable sound on the guitar without being overly-technical or overly-pretentious. It’s further proof that you don’t have to have ridiculous technique to be able to express yourself on the instrument. In this article, we’ll look at how a simple creative twist on the Pentatonic Scale can open up a host of new sounds and ideas; let’s call it the Josh Homme pentatonic scale.
As Josh explains in the video below, he plays a mutation of the Blues Scale (although he throws in a 6 while demonstrating it) which gives it a kind of Lydian flavor. The scale he comes up with has the following intervals: 1, 3, #4, 5, 6, 1 and can be played over a major chord. Here it is on the fretboard:
Check out the great Guitar Moves interview with Josh below to find out how he came up with the scale and how he applies it to chords.