Tom Quayle Superlocrian Lick
Posted Thu, Dec 11, 2014 by Levi Clay
Coming from the melodic minor scale, the superlocrian scale can be called mode 7, so if we take the notes of A melodic minor (ABCDEF#G#) and begin on the 7th (G#) then you would have the notes of G# superlocrian.
The question is, how is this of use to us?
Intervallically, the superlocrian scale contains R b2 b3 b4 b5 b6 b7, which can also be viewed as R b2 #2 3 b #5 b7 which is essentially a dominant 7 chord (R 3 b7) with all possible alterations (b2 #2 b5 #5), so the superlocrian scale will work well over an altered dominant chord.
Now that sounds pretty out there if you're a rock player, as you probably don't come across too many G#7#5b9 chords in your daily playing, but there are other applications for this sound. The most common one being to use it as an outside sound on what you're playing over, so going between G# dorian and G# super locrian for example.
Tom Quayle visited us recently to film some upcoming lesson material but also dropped this exciting little superlocrian lick for you which highlights a common trick for playing this sound, by moving up a semitone and thinking melodic minor, you'll have the same set of notes.
For more information on this subject, Tom has just released a video package on the subject of melodic minor, modes and application which is well worth having a look at. You can check it out here