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Seven Melodic Minor Scale Patterns

MELODIC MINOR SCALES EXPLAINED

Learn seven positions of melodic minor scales giving complete coverage of the neck. These scales are extensively used in rock, jazz and classical music.

For many, the amount of scales that need to be learned can be daunting and usually when it comes to melodic minor scales it’s a bridge too far. This lesson builds on a templated system that will help you learn melodic minor scales across the fretboard. If you do not know your major scales, then please the major scale video and then come back to this lesson once you have understood and learned that material.

Melodic minor scales are just as important as any other scale. The fact of the matter is though, many guitarists usually give up learning these as it’s yet another raft of scales to learn. GMI has created a simple and easy to learn system that builds upon what you already know. We refer to this as a templated system of learning. If you have already viewed and learned the lesson material from fretted major scales and seven major scales one position then you will know what we’re talking about. If you don’t know what this means then we would urge you to go back and learn these lessons first. It really is a case of learning to run before you can walk if you do not view and learn the previous material.

ONCE YOU HAVE LEARNED YOUR IN POSITION MAJOR SCALES THEN START THIS LESSON

DOWNLOAD THE PDF THAT ACCOMPANIES THIS LESSON

So, assuming that you have learned the major scales, you will find that learning these melodic minors all over the neck is relatively easy. You will use the major scale forms as a template. As explained in the video, all you need to do in each of the major scale patterns is flatten the 3rd, that’s it. By doing this you will have the foundation needed to attempt the melodic minor scale patterns. The point is, you should now be able to play the melodic minor scale in seven different ways (patterns) up the neck in one key. This is exactly what happened with the major scales and will happen with the harmonic minor scales.

MOVING FORWARD WITH HARMONIC MINOR SCALES

Make sure that you download the PDF that is provided above. Good luck with this lesson.

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