Melodic Minor: Pattern 1
Because the only difference between the Melodic Minor and The Major Scale is one note - the flat 3 - the scale patterns are also similar. So be sure to notice where they are different.
You would use the same patterns for the Melodic Minor modes as well but of course, the tonal centre (root note) will change.
Not really any I can think that would make sense, but remember that it's the notes that are important and what finger you play them with doesn't much matter!
When using it as an Altered scale I may sometimes slide Finger 1 up a fret on String 3 then use Fingers 1 and 3 and miss out the root, but that's more a lick than a scale fingering option.
• Pretty similar to Major Pattern 1 which most people know pretty well :)
• Can you see the underlying "E Shape" minor barre chord under the scale?
17 Note Patterns
All my Scale Patterns (where possible) have 17 notes (3 notes on each string, except for one string which will have only 2 notes). This gives you the perfect number for practising scales with a metronome because if practised with 4 notes between each metronome click (16th notes, semiquavers) you will always arrive back on the root note on the beat :)
Tips For Learning Scales
- ALWAYS START AND END ON THE LOWEST ROOT NOTE
This will help train your ears into hearing the sound of the scale, very important. So start on the lowest (in pitch) root note, play up as far as you can, then go back down as low as you can, and then back up to the root note.
- LEARN IT SLOWLY AND GET IT RIGHT
Don't make any mistakes when learning a scale. Play it 10 times perfectly (right notes, right fingering) at a very slow speed and you will find you can speed it up without making mistakes and developing bad habits you will have to correct later.
- USE YOUR FINGER TIPS
Do not let your fingers "fold", use the tips the whole time, and definitely NO barres at any point.
However, you do want to allow Finger 1 to rest lightly on all the strings to mute all the strings under it and the tip of Finger 1 should touch the string above (the thicker string) as taught in the String Muting Lesson, part of the Intermediate Course.
- LEARN THE PATTERNS (SHAPES) ONE AT A TIME
It is very important that you learn all five of these patterns... eventually! But please learn to make music with them. Much much better to be able to use one scale shape and play a solo than play five up and down and not be able to do make music with them :)
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