Additionally, keep in mind that scales are often played over several octaves, which would result in more common tones. The melodic minor scale is a minor scale with raised sixth and seventh scale degrees, but only when ascending. I am a big fan of viewing the neck in terms of the CAGED system and believe that as you start to get a good mastery of what I have presented you should go on to continue to learn all 5 positions for these scales and also other scales, chords and arpeggios in all 5 CAGED positions. It’s the starting point on sheet music I’m trying to locate? To find out more about cookies, privacy and how we use advertising, please read our Advertising Disclaimer, Contact Info - Privacy Policy - Cookie Policy, Copyright © 2007 - 2020, A Aeolian is the sixth mode of the C major scale. Is the Relevant Minor of a Major always the same as the “Natural” Minor? What I recommend is to take a look at the Guitar Scales section of my site and there you will see the six most common scales, each presented in their two most common positions. Now when I was speaking of octaves I was referring to the Major verses the Minor Scales in their relation to the middle C on sheet music. For the position where you have root under the first finger on the 4th string, the pattern would also start on the first finger as well. I’ll try and clear up any confusion here. The relative minor is not always the same as the natural minor. can i ask why? Depending on where you start some of the notes may be octave(s) higher or lower than in your c major scale, but for this purpose they are still really considered the same notes of the scale. and how i can know when i should play Dominant or minor 5th degree in Minor scale. Similarly to the major scale, there are five main closed positions to learn for the scale. The 5 positions presented for the natural minor scale above are the 5 CAGED positions. Songs in Aeolian Mode tend to have a sad feeling and the scale is quite common in modern blues and jazz compositions. Since I know the other 6 patterns anyway. You probably addressed this above, but it is above my present understanding. Free Guitar Scale Charts And Fingering Diagrams. In the CAGED system, which is probably the most common method of presenting guitar scales, each scale can be played in one of 5 positions. In say classical however, the harmonic minor scale is the main minor scale used in constructing harmony, resulting in a different set of chords in the key and therefore different common minor chord progressions. now, when i played Autumn Leaves in Gm, they play 5th degree D7 and not Dm7. Just one thing I don’t understand. Feed me some … It would seem that the A, B, C, etc would be the A in FACE and B in boy and C in FACE, etc?? Or perhaps it is the lack of sleep. Thanks for your dedication for this wonderful website. These positions for the natural minor scale (with the root note circled) are as follows: You can then progress to the remaining three positions as follows: When practicing these positions, in addition to practicing the scales ascending and descending, I also like to practice sequences of the scales as well. Its ascending interval form consists of a key note, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step. When the 7th is harmonised in this way, it is acting as a dominant and can be a substitution for the V7. Each chord, scale and arpeggio can then be learnt in each of these 5 positions. For example, A Minor example you used above is the natural (relevant) minor for the Major C (as you stated) it appears that the C, D, E, F & G are an octave above the same notes uses in the Major C Scale!!?? For the purpose of rock and pop, the vast majority of songs use the natural minor above out of theses three minor scales to construct their chords, chord progressions and solos/melodies, …. I wanted to ask about minor scale… I really enjoy it a lot and I think I do have some improvement in my playing. Different chord progressions may use the natural minor or the harmonic minor to harmonise the 5th depending on what sound they want. The combination of tones and semitones that form the scale are as follows: Natural Minor Scale = Tone – Semitone – Tone – Tone – Semitone – Tone – Tone, Guitar Positions for the Natural Minor Scale. Thankyou. In the harmonic or melodic minor scale there are one or two notes altered from the natural minor, and therefore they don’t share the same notes as the major scale and as such the above formula is not relevant to them, even though they are still relative minors. In music theory, the term minor scale refers to three scale patterns – the natural minor scale (or Aeolian mode), the harmonic minor scale, and the melodic minor scale (ascending or descending) – rather than just one as with the major scale. By teaching 6 scales in 2 positions, it is my hope that students will be able to get a basic mastery of this material so they would be able to solo in say 80% of a blues, rock and pop context with minimal material being needed for this. So, would you help my understanding as to relationships of music scales to octaves. A Aeolian Mode. The natural minor scale pattern features the same exact notes as the Aeolian mode in modal music. In terms of the starting point of the scale, you are right that according to the formula, if the starting C in C major was the C on the staff in FACE, then the starting A of the natural minor would be the A on the staff in FACE. The Aeolian Scale consists of the same notes as the Natural Minor Scale. I always recommend starting with the two positions with the root note under the first finger on the 6th or 5th string. Hi! That article takes you through using the major scale as an example, but you can apply the exact same procedure to form chords from the natural minor scale. This does not acagree with the Natural, Melodic nor the Harmonic Minor Scales. Then try having the first two beats of that bar as D7 followed by F#dim7 for the next two beats (e.g. So, the Relative Minor Scale must only be in theory and you don’t use it as A Minor when playing a guitar??? The Chords Formed from the Natural Minor Scale. It is very informative and useful for an aspiring guitarist like me from India. The relative minor is a minor key and the scales of this key could be the natural minor scale, the harmonic minor scale or the melodic minor scale. For example, you can see the relationship between C major and A natural minor in the diagram: If you look at the notes of the natural minor in relation to the notes of a major scale with the same root, we have the notes: That is, if you flatten the 3rd, 6th and 7th degree of a major scale, you have the natural minor scale with the same root.