By now, if you have been following the first part of our no-nonsense guide to scales, you should be very familiar with positions 1 and 2 of the natural or pure minor scale. You should have spent at least two days learning the first two positions and should be able to move up, down and across those two positions with ease. If you think you are reasonably able to do this then it is time to learn a couple more positions.
Take a look at position 3 below.
..and the over lapping position 4
Take a couple of days to learn the above positions in addition to the ones you have already learned.
Once you are comfortable with each position, take a look at the diagram below. Note how they overlap and practice moving between these two positions in all directions as you did with positions 1 and 2.
G Minor Positions 3 and 4
When you have practiced these positions over a couple of days, you should be pretty familiar with all 4 positions.
Once you have those sussed, add one more pattern to your knowledge base and you will really be on your way. Take a look at pattern 5 and play it till this too is engrained in your head.
By now you should be familiar with 5 of the 7 positions of the minor scale. You are most of the way there and should be pretty pleased with yourself. It’s all down hill from here.
Take a break from learning for the next few days and just keep practicing these 5 positions and moving between them. Keep doing runs up and down the fret board, up and down two, three or four strings at a time, across and backwards. Don’t worry about the order of notes you are playing or whether you sound good or flashy, just make sure you burn those notes into your head and soon the patterns and note formations will become second nature.
Do this for ten or twenty minutes every time you pick up your guitar. Make sure you do this at least once a day for the next three or four days. Take your time and if you need to, keep at it for a couple of weeks, or until you feel at ease with your new skill.
When you think you’ve got them sussed or are getting bored with playing the five patterns you have learned, you will be ready for a new challenge and can look forward to learning the last two sections of the minor scale in part 3 of our course.
Get ready, because parts 3 and 4 of the no-nonsense guide to music theory is where things get really start to get interesting, and where you are going to start to put into practice all the things you have learned.
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