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Zappa Ahoy

   

mp3: Zappa Ahoy
wma: Zappa Ahoy

Time/size: 4 mins 32 secs/6.30mb. 100 beats per minute/bpm

Rock track: The tune Zappa Ahoy is a jam played on an electric guitar using a wah effect.

mp3: Zappa Ahoy Backing Track
wma: Zappa Ahoy Backing Track

Time/size: 4 mins 32 secs/6.30mb. 100 beats per minute/bpm

Rock backing track: The backing track is a groove based on the D# Locrian scale. It's called Zappa Ahoy as a tribute to Frank Zappa and his guitar instrumental Ship Ahoy which is a really cool experimental guitar solo that uses a wah effect. It's from the Frank Zappa album of instrumental guitar solos called Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar. Another great track from that album is The Deathless Horsie. Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression is also a cool track. The album is pretty much a jam tracks album! Nothing but guitar solos.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass and drums.

Progression: There are no chords in the progression - just the riff that the guitar and bass are playing in sync.

Suggestions: Start jamming over the backing track using the D# Locrian scale shown below in various positions. Get experimental with the notes and find your own sounds to play. Use different rhythms in your playing. Start off just using a few notes at time like from the Root note D# at the 8th fret of the G (3rd) string, to the 9th fret to play the E and up to the 11th fret to play the F# which is the minor 3rd of the scale. Just starting with those three notes will give you some cool sounds and you can take it from there and explore the space ... explore the space!

Zappa Ahoy Riff

I came up with this riff while I was playing without paying any attention to what I was doing. Then I realized I was playing a riff using the D# Locrian scale (or mode). If you were playing an E Major scale but started on the 7th degree of the scale and went up an Octave to the 7th degree of the scale, using the same notes that are in the E Major scale, you'd be playing from the D# note.

That's kind of what the Locrian scale is: i.e. it's the same notes as used in the E Major scale except you start on the D# note instead of the E. It's fine to know that in theory but it's not the right way to think of the D# Locrian scale when you're actually playing it. The Locrian scale sounds nothing like it's relative Major scale - it's just a fact that it's built from the same notes. Since it has it's own, very unique sound, when you are playing the Locrian scale, you want to think of it as it's own group or pattern of notes. You'll hear what I mean when you start playing it.

Here's the riff that the rhythm guitar and bass are playing in unison:

0.05 D# Locrian Riff- Rhythm Guitar and Bass

E|--------------------------------------------------------
B|-------------------------------------------------------
G|-------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------13-------------------------------
A|---------------12-14-------------------14-12-----12-
E|-11-12-14-14-----------11-12-14-14---------14-----

4.16 End Riff

E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|---------------14-12-----12-12-14-12----12-12-14-12----12-12-14-12----12-12-
E|-11-12-14-14--------14----------------14---------------14---------------14--------

E|------------------------------
B|------------------------------
G|------------------------------
D|------------------------------
A|-14-12-----12-12------------
E|---------14--------14-12-11-

Zappa Ahoy Scale Suggestions

1. D# Locrian Scale - 8/9th Position - One Octave

Below is the guitar tab for the D# Locrian scale.

Just playing the below Locrian scale will give you some cool sounds straight away and you'll hear the uniqueness of the scale. If it sounds weird to you at first just keep playing it along with the backing track and let your ears adjust to hearing something they might not be familiar with.

Music is sometimes like cheese - it might smell funny at first but if you let it mature it might taste really nice.

E|-------------------9-11-
B|---------9-10-12-------
G|-8-9-11----------------
D|-------------------------
A|-------------------------
E|-------------------------

2. D# Locrian Scale - 8th and up Position - One Octave

This is what I was using when I started jamming over the tune. I like moving up a string as well as back down and finding a place to stop and explore what's around the area in the strings above and below. It's a good way to find new sounds and come up with guitar licks.

E|---------------------------
B|--------------------14-16-
G|-8-9-11-13-14-16--------
D|---------------------------
A|---------------------------
E|---------------------------

3. D# Locrian Scale - 1st and 13th Positions - One Octave Apart

This is an easy pattern you can learn for the Locrian scale if you just want to find an easy pattern to familiarize yourself with for a bit.

E|-------------------------------------------------
B|---------------2-4-----------------------14-16-
G|--------1-2-4-----------------13-14-16--------
D|-1-2-4-------------13-14-16-------------------
A|-------------------------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------------

4. D# Locrian Scale - Low to High Position - Two Octaves

E|------------------------4-5-7-9-11-
B|---------------2-4-5-7-------------
G|--------1-2-4-----------------------
D|-1-2-4------------------------------
A|-------------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------

5. D# Locrian Scale - Rock n Roll Position - Two Octaves

Starts in 6th position and climbs up to the scale shown in 1. above.

E------------------------------------9-11-
B|--------------------------9-10-12-------
G|---------------6-8-9-11----------------
D|--------6-7-9---------------------------
A|-6-7-9----------------------------------
E|-----------------------------------------

Zappa Ahoy Guitar Tab

This track really was me just jamming using the scale. It's not a scale that I use often, if at all. I've been working hard on tunes and jam tracks in the key of E over the last month. So the E Major scale is really under my fingers all over the neck. I'm not thinking of the E Major scale while playing the D# Locrian scale, however I am aware that I'm playing the same notes in the D# Locrian scale as I would if I were playing the E Major scale. Although that sounds like I've just contradicted myself, there is quite a difference.

I'm very aware that the Root note is the D#, the 3rd note in the scale is a minor 3rd (and note a Major 3rd like in the E Major scale) and that the 5th of the Locrian scale uses a b5 (flat 5) note. The 7th of the Locrian scale is a b7 (flat 7 or dominant 7th). This is the only scale where if you arpeggiate the notes you get: 1, b3, b5 and b7. If you arpeggiate the notes of the minor scale they are 1, b3, 5 and b7. The b5 is what gives this scale a really unique sound.

If you work out how to derive the modes you'll find that the b5 in the blues scale comes from the Locrian scale. I'm the only person in the world who's ever said that. Someone had to say it!

0.05 Guitar Jam

E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|-8-8-9-11-11-13-14-14-13-----13-14-13----13-14-13-----13-JAM-ON!-
D|-------------------------------14-----------14------------14-----------------
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

0.42 Guitar Lick at 42

Repetition works mate, repetition works.

E|-------------------------------------------------------
B|--------------------------------------------4-5-4---4-
G|-4-2----2-4-2---2-4-2---2-4-2----2-4-6--------6---
D|------4--------4--------4--------4--------------------
A|-------------------------------------------------------
E|-------------------------------------------------------

Jam on!

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