Minor Scales & Chords
I’m still working on memorizing the notes on the E string using the Cycle of Fourths. Its gone pretty well. I can play them through without slopping it up until I turn on a metronome, then I can run it a few times before forgetting where I am or hitting the wrong note.
I’m going to mix it up a little bit though by running chords and scales along the cycle, and since I like the sound of the minor scales & minor chords more, I’ll start by using those. Here’s a fingering comparison of the natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor and Hungarian minor. It should work for any of the closed positions (positions where you don’t use an open string). If its played starting on the open E, the pattern is a little bit different, but shouldn’t be the biggest headache. I’ll do a separate write-up for that when I find time.
Also – a note about the melodic minor: when you play it up (1st note to 8th note) it uses the fingering provided. When its played down (backwards, from 8th to 1st) then just use the regular natural minor. There’s some historical reasons for this dating back a few hundred years, but I don’t remember them. I’ll see about possibly doing a quick post about that later as well.
When playing the melodic minor going up, if you don’t have two index fingers on your fretting hand, you’ll have to do a quick 1-fret shift on the 6th degree of the scale. Here’s a PDF of the picture above:
Here are some links to older posts I did about some of the minor scales:
- 04.12.11 Scale Patterns – The Minor Scale 1
- 09.28.11 Practice: 9/28/2011 – Minor triads & I-IV-V progression 1
- 11.04.11 The Minor Scale and Chords
- 03.15.12 The Hungarian Minor Scale
- 10.23.12 Major Scale Pattern 2 vs. Minor Scale Pattern