Ex­am­ple1 A MELODIC MI­NOR IN FIVE SHAPES

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Guitar Techniques - - MELODIC MINOR SCALE | LEARNING ZONE -

Ex­am­ple 1 demon­strates the A Melodic Mi­nor scale in five shapes, start­ing with the cor­re­spond­ing mi­nor ma­jor 7 chord. Use al­ter­nate pick­ing through­out and aim for a clear and even tone. Try ac­cent­ing the down­strokes on each beat. As you gain flu­ency and start in­creas­ing the speed week by week, try rein­ter­pret­ing as 16nth-notes, with the down­stroke ac­cent oc­cur­ring ev­ery four notes. Each shape con­tains one string con­fig­ured with four notes. In most cases, the first fin­ger will ex­e­cute a shift from the first to the sec­ond notes. How­ever, in our po­si­tion 1 shape, and with the four-note con­fig­u­ra­tion played on the first string, we’ll in­stead use a fourth fin­ger shift up to the high C, be­fore descend­ing to the G# us­ing the first, and which may be eas­ier to ex­e­cute at higher tem­pos when play­ing cer­tain se­quences.

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