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Lesson 2 - The full Minor Scale

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Add extra notes

By now you should be able to play the Minor Pentatonic scale well. If not, please go back to lesson 1 until you are happy with playing in all 3 locations. 

Now we are going to add 2 further notes to our 5 note pentatonic scale. This will increase the playable notes to the maximum of 7 in any key or mode.

Unlike the Minor Pentatonic Scale shape, these notes are in different places in locations 1, 2 and 3, so you will need to familiarise yourself with these additional notes in this step and the following 2 steps. This, along with learnin the Minor Pentatonic Scale will encompas most of your learning effort - but its very worth while as, once you are familiar with them, it will free you to be able to solo along with most western music.

As with the earlier excersise, you don't need to know the names of the new notes, just where they appear in relation to the minor pentatonic scale.

Play along to the backing track as before, but now include the grey notes.

Start off by playing the Minor Pentatonic Scale and add just one of the grey notes in to see how it sounds, then another and so on. Next, try playing all the notes in sequence starting from the bottom of the diagram - play all the black and grey notes from left to right before moving on to the next string.

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