The Maqam Shadd'araban scale belongs to the group of Iraqian scales because of the geographical location where it was born and its typical sound. If you are looking forward to improvise Iraqian music, then the Maqam Shadd'araban scale can be an excellent choice.
The Maqam Shadd'araban scale contains both a major and minor third, making it a 'dual' scale. This means that the scale can be used to both create melancholic or cheerful music depending on which notes you use. The Maqam Shadd'araban is usually used for improvising ethnic music and can be a great addition for your blues piano licks.
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