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Natural Minor Guitar Scale

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Natural Minor Guitar Scale
(This Example Is In Am)

The notes in A Natural Minor Guitar Scale are (start on 6th string 5th fret) A B C D E F G A. 
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Try playing the A Natural Minor Guitar Scale over an A Minor chord for a feel and sound.  The fingering is the same as A Aeolian Mode (and Ionian Mode Major Scale).  I can explain during a lesson.

An easy way to get used to the feel and sounds is to play it like this.  Strum an A minor chord a few times to let your ear adjust to the "key".  Then play: 

  • A  B C on 6th string starting at 5th fret, 7th fret , then 8th fret
  • D E F on 5th string starting at 5th fret, then 7th fret,  then 8th fret
  • G A on 4th string, starting at 5th fret, then the 7th fret, and keep it going with 
  • B C  D on 3rd string, starting at 4th fret, 5th fret, then the 7th fret
  • E F G on 2nd string,  starting at 5th fret, 6th fret, then the 8th fret
  • and finish on the A note 1st string (5th fret).  You can continue on to the 8th fret because we are on an E string, and the B and C was played on the E 6th string, if you get the picture.  There lots of other fingerings, for now get used to the sound and this fingering.  Then jam on! 
  • Try to remember: 5 7 8, 5 7 8, 5 7, 4 5 7, 5 6 8, 5 7 8
  • Will get into the most common strings to bend and in what fret in another lesson. My favorite is a half step bend (1 fret) on the 1st string at fret 7.
Speaking of letting your "ear" adjust.  Always trust your ear.  If something does not sound right, it probably isn't, but when learning something new, try it a few times before you decide it is not right.

Click Here to watch Burt jam using parts of a natural minor scale.

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Click for a partial song list. Minor Pentatonic Guitar Scale

Try out a Harmonic Minor Scale after you get used to this one.  Only one note is changed.


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