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, as we also saw in the article Doing Your Thing on Guitar. 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.
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.