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varsketis 12-27-2012 05:06 PM

Minor scale positioning

I've recently started learning scales. I can play only minor pentatonic in 5 boxes/positions. I can play it pretty fast, at 180bpm 1/8ths up and down, also in triplet pattern. I think I'm ready to learn a basic minor scale (I think it's Aeolian mode). So, my question is - can I play it in boxes, like with the pentatonic? For example, if I want to play in the key of A. With pentatonic I would start at fifth fret, with first position, low E string. If in C - at 8th fret and so on. Would the natural minor scale be the same, just with more notes?

Sorry for my bad english.

MaggaraMarine 12-27-2012 05:18 PM

Yes. Pentatonic scale is the same as minor scale without two notes.

Here's A minor scale: A B C D E F G

Underlined notes are pentatonic scale.

And you don't need to play it in the "second position" (starting with the 8th fret of E string) if the key is C major. You can use all the positions. The notes are the same all over the neck and in every position. Pentatonic scale only has five notes that are repeated on different octaves and positions.

varsketis 12-27-2012 05:28 PM

I know that, I just gave it as an example.

I'll start learning all positions then, maybe from this:

So, If I want to play in the key of A, I just take the "first" position and play it starting on the 5th fret. If I want to play in G, the whole chart "slides" down the neck by whole step, so first position would start on the 3rd fret, low E string, just like the pentatonic positions. Is it correct?

What else would you suggest learning besides picking patterns, root notes and fingering, when learning this scale?

mdc 12-27-2012 05:41 PM

Originally Posted by varsketis
What else would you suggest learning besides picking patterns, root notes and fingering, when learning this scale?

Play it using legato.

macashmack 12-27-2012 05:44 PM

Sing the scale as you play in those different patterns - sing the notes. This will get it in your ear faster.

ouchies 12-27-2012 05:59 PM

I would suggest using it to make music & improvise and not just to play patterns through the scale

edit: Just for clarification, its good to learn patterns, but also dedicate time to application

varsketis 12-27-2012 06:13 PM

Actually, I play as much, if not more, to backing tracks and various songs, than practice in front of a metronome. I play with a guitar, try to discover new things by myself.

Thanks for the advices!

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