The Neapolitan Minor Scale And The Neapolitan Chord

Tommaso Zillio

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Neapolitan minor scale

You've heard this sound. You've heard it many, many times in pop songs, in classical music, in guitar instrumentals, even in Jazz.

But you don't know how to make that sound (yet). And yes, you will have to watch the video below to understand what sound I am talking about, since I have not found a way yet to make this article play a sound to you unless you click 'play' on the video :)

Anyway, that sound is produced by a scale called "Neapolitan Minor". And every time I play it, there is a musician around asking me if I can show them what did I play exactly...

In this video we learn how to use the Neapolitan Minor scale to make music, either as a stand-alone scale (for haunting musical landscapes) or over a common chord progression for a delightful "it's dissonant but it sounds so good" effect.

And if you missed the previous video in the series "Exotic scales", here it is:

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