Minor Scale Runs : Changing Root Positions and Keys

Now we are going to take our previous run highlighted here in blue, and play it in various other G root note positions and at different octaves on the fret board, indicated in yellow and red.

G Minor - 2 String Run Map

The tab shows pretty much the same run (with slight alterations at the endings) but starts from different G’s so the pattern of notes you play as you ascend is exactly the same as before. If you have the previous ascending pattern memorised then you shouldn’t even need the tab.

One thing you have to keep an eye in this first example on is when you play the ending few notes. As you cross from string 3 to string 2, due to the nature of the way the guitar is tuned, you have to remember to step up one fret on string 2, and instead of playing frets 15, 17 and 19, you play 16, 18 and 20.

G minor Runs 2 String Shifted Octaves and Em Tab 2

The last exercise on the page takes the same run again and transposes it to Em. Without having to work anything out, just move the whole thing down to fret 0 on strings 5 and 6. Easy.

Here’s the Em scale.

E Minor 2-String Scale Run Colour Map

Try playing it at all the other E root notes as well.

In fact, have a go at playing this all over the fret board, in keys of Cm, Am, Fm, Bbm, Dm and any other key you can think of. The more you mess around with any run or lick you learn, the more versatile you will become. While you are doing this and transposing into various keys, you are also learning where all the different root notes are on the fret board which will really put you in good stead for your future playing.

When you’ve finished messing around with these, have a go at moving and transposing the descending run you learned on the previous page, and then make up a run or two of your own. That should keep you busy until my next post.


Loads more stuff to come..

In the next lesson we’re going to mess with this some more, alter the picking patterns, change it from minor to a major scale and just about anything else I can think of.


Other Posts of Interest

Chromatic Scales and Exercises
No Nonsense Guide to Scales
Strum Like the Pro’s
Guitar Chords Made Easy

Posted 11.04.09

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