The Romanian scale is actually the 4th mode of the harmonic minor scale. It has a rich and exotic sound when played and features the following intervals:
Root, 2nd, minor 3rd, sharp 4th, 5th, 6th and flat 7th.
I think of it as a Dorian scale but with a sharpened 4th. And so when one improvises in the Romanian scale, I find that the journeying and slightly sad sound of the Dorian is expressed, plus that special and ethereal magic of the sharp 4th (often referred to as a flat 5th) which can be found in the Lydian mode (made hugely popular by Steve Vai and notable others).
Here is the three-notes-per-string scale diagram:
And here are the notes from the neighboring shapes for you to incorporate when comfortable:
Have a go! Play over this jam track I made and put your new knowledge into practice!
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By Alfred Potter www.AlfredPotter.com
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