The Honchoshi scale belongs to the group of Japanese scales because of the geographical location where it was born and its typical sound. If you are looking forward to improvise Japanese music, then the Honchoshi scale can be an excellent choice.
The Honchoshi scale does not contain neither a Major or Minor third, making it an 'ambiguous' scale. This scale be very useful when playing suspended chord or any chord that does not have a third. It can be great for improvising ethnic or modal music.
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