Minor Scale Guitar Patterns - They're modes of major!

beginner guitarist fretboard mapping lead guitar scales scales in 5 positions root to root series playlist Apr 27, 2021

Minor scale guitar patterns happen to just be modes of major scale patterns, but they only become minor when we focus on the minor scale root. Here’s how to make minor scales SOUND minor.

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Weekly Lesson #72

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LESSON CONTENT OUTLINE WITH TIMESTAMP LINKS:

0:00 - Minor scale example intro
0:10 - About this lesson and channel
0:49 - Recap on the last video
1:18 - Diagrams of the 5 minor scale guitar patterns
4:02 - Root to root method
5:30 - Demonstration of all five minor scale guitar patterns
7:04 - Next steps to master the scale patterns
7:39 - Example of melodic 3rds scale pattern
8:56 - Technique reminders for scale practice
9:27 - Conclusion, outro, & Free PDF

 

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Minor Scale Guitar Patterns Lesson Description:

My lesson last week introduced a guitar scale exercise I call the Root to Root Method.  

This method of practicing scales is extremely useful for seeing where roots are located within guitar scale patterns and for being able to hear the true quality of a scale. 

This approach might seem simple and rudimentary—because it is—which is exactly why it's so effective. 

To demonstrate just how powerful the Root to Root Method is for hearing and mapping out scales, this week's lesson walks through the same process but with the natural minor scale guitar patterns. 

Listen to how the same shapes as the major scales transform into sounding completely different just by treating them as the minor scale. 

Because the minor scale guitar patterns are the EXACT SAME physical shapes as major scale, the only thing actually making them minor is how we treat the root. And yep, that is exactly what a scale mode is, which means that the natural minor scale and the major scale are modes of each other. Practicing them with this exercise is how to finally hear and see them as unique scale types instead of just a bunch of notes grouped together on the fretboard. I still practice my scales like this all the time and I hope you’ll start to as well. 

 

The Five Minor Scale Guitar Patterns From This Lesson

 

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I hope you enjoyed this lesson and found it beneficial. Let me know what you thought in the comments. Thanks! :) 

- Jared

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