How To Play Melodic Guitar Scales From The Jazz Melodic Minor

Welcome back! Today I wanna show the different melodic guitar scales that you can come up
from just a single A Melodic Minor.

When I say Melodic Minor, I refer to the Jazz Melodic Minor. In the classical music world, the
melodic minor scale goes up and down in a different way. But the melodic minor we will be
talking about today, is very simple. You can think of it as many things; you can think of it as a
Major Scale with a b6, or as a Dorian scale with a Natural 7th. However you decide think of it,
the Melodic Minor is used a lot in Jazz and modern fusion music. Let take a look at an A
Melodic Minor scale:


Of course the structure could continue all the way to the first string or in different positions, but
for now this will do. There are many ways to play a Melodic Minor scale, one of them is over a
simple minor triad. If you are playing an A minor triad, then you can totally play an A Melodic

Another way to use, is a more fusion way of seeing it. You could use it over a dominant chord;
for example, if you have a G#7, you could play an A Melodic Minor scale and it would sound
awesome. You would basically be playing tensions of the G#7 like the b9, b3, 3, #4, #5, b7 and
root. It is great.

You can also come up with 6 different modes from 1 melodic minor scale. For instance, if you
start a G Melodic Minor scale from the “A” note, keeping the structure of the G Melodic Minor,
you would end up with an A Dorian b2:


The same can be done for all the other notes of the scale. Let’s check out all the scales you can
make with it:
A Lydian #5:


A Lydian b7:


A Mixolydian b6:


A Minor b5:


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