Guitar Lab 101 - Know Your Minor Scales

Just a short introduction about they to approach your minor scales and how to apply this technique on any given key.

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One scale a day keeps the embarrassment away!.. Or at least that's what they say... okay.

Well after a nice Lil Wayne intro there (ba-dum-tss) I'd like to talk a little bit about minor scales... I can talk a lot about them but then this would be too long and you'll get bored.

Let's start from somewhere I'd like to call the beginning. You probably noticed that minor scales have a more melancholic, sad, lonely type of a vibe and sound. That's happening because of the minor scale intervals (difference between two pitches). Now the scales are usually formed by following a formula, let's say... A formula in which half steps and whole steps take hold (half steps=one guitar fret where as whole step=two guitar frets). Today we'll be talking about the E minor scale formulas.

E Natural minor scale => W H W W H W W or 2 1 2 2 1 2 2

=> E F# G A B C D

E Harmonic minor scale => W H W W H W+H H or 2 1 2 2 1 3 1

=> E F# G A B C D#

E Melodic minor scale up => W H W W W W H or 2 1 2 2 2 2 1

=> E F# G A B C# D#

E Melodic minor scale down => W H W W H W W or 2 1 2 2 1 2 2

=> E F# G A B C D

Now they are a bunch of different minor scale with different intervals but these are the most popular and used ones. Following this formulas you should be able to find your desirable minor scale in any given key just pay a close attention to the steps or so called intervals.

W = Whole step (2 guitar frets)
H = Half step (1 guitar fret)
W+H = Whole and a half.

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