Jazz Guitar – Dorian Scale Natural Minor Scale

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert guitarist Dan Leonard demonstrates the dorian scale and natural minor scale on the jazz guitar.

    Dan Leonard

    Guitarist Dan Leonard has been a full time performer and teacher since 1987. He has taught hundreds of students jazz, blues and rock improvisation; from intermediates to working professionals. Over the years he has distilled his approach into the basis for his forthcoming instructional book “Organizing the fretboard for improvisation”. Dan began his career playing in regional rock bands. After studying classical guitar and composition in college he turned his focus to jazz, which is where it has stayed to this day. He is currently guitarist with Blind Pig recording artist Deanna Bogart as well as leader of The Dan Leonard Trio. His first solo recording “Time Alone” was released in 2000 with the follow-up, “The Middle Path” due out in the fall. His many performances include The Vaison Jazz Festival in France, The Monterey Blues Festival and The Clearwater Jazz Festival.

    Dan Leonard: Hi! I'm Dan Leonard and I'm going to continue with talking about minor scales.

    There are a couple of other choices for minor scales. I'm going to show you the first fingering of each and then project you can take on yourself is to convert that into all the fingerings, the five fingerings on the fretboard based on the chord forms that Ive mentioned.

    So, heres the G Minor chord, and the first other option for a Minor scale is a Dorian scale and that differs from the Melodic minor and that has a flatted seventh, so you are off the root, second, heres the flatted third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and a flatted seventh, and then youre back to the root, continue up the second octave.

    So, that's the Dorian scale, and it's also good to be familiar with the natural minor scale which has a flatted sixth as well. So, that has a root, second, flatted third, fourth, fifth, flatted sixth, and a flatted seventh.

    That's the fingering for that.

    So, once again you want to take those structures and figure out the fingerings for yourself in the different positions.