Learn how to play an awesome, exotic guitar scale with this Kumoi scale guitar lesson.
What is the Kumoi scale?
The kumoi scale is an exotic pentatonic scale. It’s often used over a minor triad played from the root note, or a major chord played from the b6 interval.
Kumoi Scale formula
The kumoi scale formula is:
Exotic Pentatonics/ Kumoi Scale Guitar Video Lesson
Here’s an accompanying lesson video to give you a better idea of the scale’s sound!
Kumoi Scale Guitar Scale Shapes
Here’s a variety of kumoi scale shapes/ scale positions.
Try them all to see which ones resonate with your technique and style the most.
kumoi scale 3 octave scale shape
I decided to use the root note “A” for these shapes, because every note is natural in the A kumoi scale.
You can look at it this shape like an A minor shape without the 4th and b7 intervals.
kumoi scale 2 notes-per-string scale shape 1
This is the first position of the 2 notes-per-string Kumoi scale shapes.
I suggest using your middle and pinky fingers to play the notes on the low and high E strings.
Use your index and pinky fingers to play the wide intervals in all of these Kumoi scale shapes.
kumoi scale 2 notes-per-string scale shape 2
For this Kumoi scale shape I suggest starting with your middle and ring fingers for the E and A strings, and using your middle and pinky fingers for the D string.
kumoi scale 2 notes-per-string scale shape 5
This shape starts from the last interval of the kumoi scale.
It has a shape akin to the 4th 3-notes-per-string major scale shape, based on the Lydian mode.
Kumoi Scale Guitar Fretboard Diagram
You can come up with your own Kumoi scale guitar licks, riffs, and scale shapes by using this fretboard diagram!
Kumoi Scale Guitar PDF
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