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Double Harmonic major, Miserlou, Arabic, Gypsy major, Byzantine, Hijaz Kar, Mayamalavagowla, Bhairav. R-b2-3-4-5-b6-7
I-bII 5th, Major tonality. vamp. Dick Dale Miserlou, Ritchie Blackmore’s solo on Gates Of Babylon Another scale with a symmetrical quality is the hypnotising Double Harmonic scale. The symmetry is in the repetition of the pattern of minor 2nd, augmented 2nd, minor 2nd on both root and 5th. This tetrachord – which you may rec5ognise from the top four notes of the Harmonic minor – is known in Arabic mExuasmicpales t9h:e in Flamenco music. The most popularly known example is in Dick Dale’s Miserlou (Pulp Fiction) which is,
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based directly on a traditional Arabic song Misirlou (recorded in 1919 with the name Bint Misr). This scale generally works where the Phrygian dominant does, but the two augmented 2nd intervals give it an extra ‘gappy’ exoticism.