Jazz Guitar – Melodic Minor Scale

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Expert guitarist Dan Leonard demonstrates the melodic 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 now we are going to talk about the minor scales and base those around minor chord forms. So, first the minor chord forms, this is a G Minor chord and an E Minor form based off of an E form that has been turned into a minor.

    This is a G Minor chord that's based off of a D Minor shape, and then, this one is based off of a C Minor shape, this one an A Minor shape, and then this one is a little tricky to play the whole thing, this is based off of a G Minor shape and you could simplify this is to just the top four strings for practical purposes and those are the five chord forms for a minor chord.

    First I'm going to demonstrate the Melodic Minor scale, which is commonly used in jazz, and it's the same as a Major scale with just a flatted third.

    So, weve got a root second, a flatted third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and then back to the root again.

    So, I'll continue up that fingering and then run through all the fingerings.

    Starts based around this chord form, the E Minor chord form and around the D Minor chord form, the Melodic minor scale fingering would beAnd then around the C Minor chord form.

    The A Minor chord form.

    And then the G Minor chord form, this is just the partial fingering of that chord.

    So, there is the Melodic minor scale.