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Lesson 8 continued Playing a Minor Scale


In the last lesson we played the C Major scale. And we learned that it is a series of whole and half steps. In this lesson we play a minor scale and learn that it is a different series of whole and half steps. And it is quite a different sound.


What is a Minor scale?

A minor scale is a series of whole and half steps. But with a little bit of a difference from the Major Scale. The minor scale goes like this: whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step (W, H, W, W, H, W, W)

Here is what it looks like on the guitar. It starts on C and ends on C.

The C Minor Scale on the Classical Guitar

And of course the same guitar rules apply. You can play this C minor scale anywhere on the keyboard as long as you start at C and follow the same whole/half order. I have a wav form of me playing this minor scale if you want to listen to it: Minor Scale

And it can be any minor scale depending on which note you start with. If you start on G then it is the G minor scale.

And While we are on the minor scale I want to talk a little bit about the feeling and mood of the music. This is an important part of music and scales make a very big difference. Can you feel how that minor scale sounds? Isn't there a different kind of mood to it? Every scale is a kind of color palette and each palette has a different set of colors.

To reinforce this lets take a listen to the C major scale. You can play this one and the C minor scale one after the other and really feel the difference. Major Scale

Ok, we have covered scales a little bit, now let's move onto intervals and chords