The octatonic scale is not new to guitarists, in jazz it’s commonly known as the diminished scale because it is essentially two diminished seventh chords superimposed to form an 8-note scale. Like the whole-tone scale, Messiaen did not invent it, but he categorized it as the second mode of limited transposition. The scale simply alternates […]

I love Messiaen – his harmonic language makes me tingle. Unfortunately, he never wrote a note for guitar. Since everyone and their grandmother seem to own a guitar today, I thought it would be fun to provide some resources for guitarists that draw on Messiaen’s musical language. As a guitarist/composer I’ve been exploring various applications […]