Ul­tra Locrian

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Rockschool -

This scale is the sev­enth mode of the har­monic mi­nor scale and is as­so­ci­ated with a di­min­ished 7th chord. As the name sug­gests, the scale has sim­i­lar delu­sions of grandeur pre­vi­ously wit­nessed in the Su­per­locrian. As we pre­vi­ously saw, the in­ter­vals of Su­per­locrian scale are all flat (R b2 b3 b4 b5 b6 b7), but the Ul­tra Locrian goes one bet­ter. This time all those flat­tened notes re­main, ex­cept the last note is a dou­ble flat 7th (R b2 b3 b4 b5 b6 bb7). The bb7 in­ter­val lit­er­ally means the 7th has been flat­tened twice. The even­tual note is es­sen­tially the same as a ma­jor 6th, but since it ac­tu­ally is the sev­enth note of the scale it is cor­rect to call it a bb7.

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