Part 2 - Melody

The Minor Scales

There are three different types of minor scales:

a) Natural Minor Scale
b) Melodic Minor Scale
c) Harmonic Minor Scale

All three minor scales differ from the major scale by having a flattened third note. This is referred to as a minor third. This gives it its sad, minor sound. Let's look at the natural minor scale first.

a) Natural Minor Scale

The Step Pattern is as follows:

So, in the key of A minor (note, as in C major, there are no sharps or flats), we get:

On the guitar, we could play it on the G string (3rd string) like this:

Listen

Since it is not entirely functional to play a scale on a single string, we can find the notes of this scale across all strings, as outlined below.

Fingering for Root Note on 5th String:

This pattern can be used when the root note of the natural minor scale falls anywhere on the 5th string.

Fingering for Root Note on 6th String:

This pattern can be used when the root note of the natural minor scale falls anywhere on the 6th string.

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