Scales – Part 7
Pentatonic minor scales are extremely popular 5 note scales most commonly used in modern and classic rock, blues and jazz music. They are widely embraced by beginners and shred masters alike and are great practice scales for those learning to improvise.
The scale comprises of the black notes on [...]
As I mentioned earlier, you can learn the entire minor scale pattern across the fret board in either 5 or 7 sections.
In my guides to scales I have chosen to use the Gm as our working example and to learn this in 7 positions instead of 5. The reason being that [...]
When learning a particular scale across the whole neck, in our case the natural or pure minor, is it best to ensure there are no vague or hazy areas left on the fret board that leave you unsure of where to place your fingers in order to play the correct scale notes.
In our previous scale guides you have been learning all seven positions of the minor scale right the way up the fret board and should now be pretty fluent in crossing the neck just about anywhere you like.
As I stated earlier in my post on scale runs, you may find the [...]
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.
The tab shows pretty much the same run (with slight alterations at the endings) [...]
Below is a full scale diagram of the G minor scale. We are going to work on some runs from one end of the fret board right the way to the other and back again.
First we’re going to take an easy minor scale run on strings 5 and 6. [...]
In Parts 5 and 6 of our easy guide to scales, we learned that the major and minor scales are closely related and that they also contain the same notes. This means each one can easily be changed into the other and any key you choose can be easily transposed to a different [...]
Ok, by now you should be completely familiar with the 7 overlapping patterns of the G natural or pure minor scale, as shown in parts 1, 2, and 3 of this no nonsense guide.
If you’ve been practicing them for 20 – 30 mins on a daily basis for a couple of [...]
Having made it through our no nonsense guides parts 1 and 2, you should now be well on your way and have a firm grip on the first 5 positions of the natural minor scale.
You should see now just why I divide the scale up into 7 easy over lapping parts as [...]
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 [...]
This guide may not be 100 % theoretically correct, but it will be everything you need to know to get you through the theoretical nightmare of scales that’s been haunting you for years.
Scales represent a huge barrier to many musicians and dealing with the mass of information that comes with them [...]