There are three types of minor scales used in modern western musical notation. They are pure, melodic and hormonic forms. The harmonic form is probably the most common minor scale. This is a guitar lesson review for guitar players who are past the basics and ready to start learning intermediate level skills and knowledge. Not I want to show you an easy way to convert a major scale into a minor scale.

My knowledge comes from lots of studying and practicing. I have used many different sources to learn this. It can be confusing and time consuming, but it is nearly essential to know a certain amount of music theory to get to the top. I even took a college class to learn music theory.

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Make sure you take time to read and use the diagrams. To build a pure minor scale simply start from the 6th note of any major scale, using the 6th note as your root note now, play the next 8 notes using the same finger pattern of the major scale. The 6th note of the major scale is called it’s relative minor.

Major scale to minor scale

B flat major scale to G minor.


These are 8 note scales. If you start on the lowest B flat note [the 3rd note on the left side of the above scale] and count 6 notes you will end up on the G note. That is the relative minor.

Understand that I’m a guitar player and have never played another instrument. It is not necessary to learn every note to play multiple scales on the guitar. It is all in the finger pattern. A major scale caged or closed scale uses the same finger patterns for every degree of the chromatic scale. Twelve notes in all. A minor scale has the same qualities.

If you start on the 6th note of the B flat major scale [first scale below], which we already know is the G note, and play 8 notes [one octave] until you reach the G note again, you just played a G minor scale. Cool eh?

If you look at the second G [the 8th note] on the second scale below, you can see it’s the 6the note of the Bb scale. Now, if you start on the G note and count 8 notes up to the next G note, you just played a G minor scale using the same fingering you would use for Bb scale played in full.

Bb - B flat major scale

B flat major scale.


G minor scale

G minor scale


Does this make sense to you? I hope so. It’s very interesting, especially if you want to become an advanced guitar player. Or if you want to play in a band. Or if you are an improvisational guitar player as I am. It’s amazing knowledge that every aspiring guitar player should be passionate about learning. Unlock some of the secrets. Well, they are not really secrets. You just have to know where to learn them. Just read one guitar lesson review, please.

A Guitar Lesson Review of Major to Minor Scales.

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