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Composing Melodic Minor Guitar Ideas
In this GuitarBlog episode the ideas behind composing Melodic Minor Guitar Parts are fully explained. Melodic Minor can be a real challenge for a guitarist who is new to composing with this interesting sounding scale, (used as Jazz Minor). In the early days of learning this scale the odd chord types from it's harmony can make for a real confusing time when it comes to songwriting various musical parts.


Melodic Minor's layout combines the minor quality of the Natural Minor's lowered 3rd, along-side the major 6th and major 7th of the basic major scale. The overall chord concepts and melodic possibilities are anything but "normal."


Video - PART 1: Example one uses the harmony of "C Minor" and applies three chords from the key center of the Jazz Minor's harmony. The tonic, (Cm), II-chord, (Dm), and III-chord, (E aug.) are used to create a jam track. A melody is given (built from "C Melodic Minor" scale). Example two (also in "C Minor"), uses the chords of; "Cm," "B dim.," "G," F," and, "Am7(b5)." The effect of the half-diminished chord builds a highly unique sound in both the harmony and in the melody line.


membersVideo - PART 2: In the second half of the lesson, (available with the lesson handout in the members area), we focus on the unique I-chord of the "C Melodic Minor" scale. This scales tonic chord of Melodic Minor is a "Minor /Major7" chord. This chord sounds great performed after the "I-chord" triad (C Minor), then followed into a "Minor 6" chord. The example three progression moves from the "Cm," to the "Cm/maj7," to the "Cm6," and then to a "G7."


A melody line is also provided to cover the sound of these interesting chord changes. In example four the "Half-Diminished" chord is applied as "Am7(b5)." This diminished effect is applied around the chords of "Cm," "Dm7," "Am7(b5)," and "G7." A corresponding melody ties everything together helping the student to make sense of the balance between harmony and melody.


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RELATED VIDEOS: "Composing Melodic Minor Guitar Ideas"

The Jazz Minor Scale

Using the Melodic Minor Scale  


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