Minor Guitar Scales

Minor Guitar Scales

Have you mastered the guitar major scales? Are you wanting to learn how to make your solos more colorful? Wait til you try these new scales. They will open up a whole new world for you.

Next come the Minor Guitar Scales. These are really fun to hear and to play and the added bonus is that you kind of get TWO scales for the price of one.

As with the previous scales that you have learned, you will need to go slowly at first and MEMORIZE the two scales. Then practice them with rhythms as we recommend at Practicing Guitar Scales.


Need information about minor scales?

This first scale is called "Natural Minor". Use your 1st and 3rd fingers if you want to slide to the 3rd note on a string. Otherwise, use your 1st, 3rd, and 4th. You should use your second finger for the note on the second fret of the second string.

Remember, the image is drawn as if you were looking at your guitar lying in your lap. By the way--what is the name of this scale as it is written? If you said "F natural minor" you are right!


This is the natural minor scale starting on the 5th string. Do you know it's name?

Before we do the next scale, it is important to note that there is a WHOLE step(skip a fret)between the 7th an 8th notes in the natural minor scale.

Look at the next one carefully--


Do you see that between the 7th and 8th notes in this scale, there is a HALF STEP (very next fret)? That is what makes this one a HARMONIC MINOR scale. Play it--it may sound a little strange at first, but you will grow to love it. By the way, I put in some fingering numbers to help you out on this one and the next one.


This one begins on the 5th string, 1st fret--a Bb (B flat)harmonic minor scale. Those circles on the sixth string just tell you that you COULD play those notes because they are in the scale--they just don't start on the ROOT (name) of the scale.



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