The Melodic Minor Scale

The Melodic Minor Scale

The melodic minor scale is the scale you get when you raise the 6th and 7th note in an Aeolian scale up a half step.

A Aeolian = A B C D E F G

A Melodic Minor = A B C D E F# G#

It’s easier to learn the melodic minor scale when you compare it to the major scale.
As turns out: there is only 1 note difference between a melodic minor scale and a major scale.

You get a melodic minor scale when you lower the 3rd in a major scale.

Here’s the C melodic minor scale mapped out on each string.

The 7 in-position fingerings for the melodic minor scale, in the key of C

Notice the names of the fingerings. You want to memorize these.

These 7 fingering names, which are also the names of the 7 modes of melodic minor, are:

  1. C Melodic Minor scale
  2. D Dorian b2 scale
  3. Eb Lydian #5 scale
  4. F Lydian b7 scale
  5. G Mixolydian b13
  6. A Aeolian b5 scale
  7. B Altered scale

You can download those above graphics here as pdf’s

Page 3 Linear Melodic Minor

Page 4 In Position Melodic Minor

On a quick, interesting side-note: notice, on the single string hand out, that the melodic minor scale consists of a combination of 2 scales.

The first half: B C D Eb = a half whole diminished scale.
The 2nd half: Eb F G A B = a whole tone scale.

One of the most fun ways to learn and practice those scale fingerings is by playing solos with them over a backing track.
Hit me up in the comments section below or shoot me an email if you would like me to email you a backing track in C melodic minor.

This is a really important scale that you want to know if you want to become a better improviser in jazz.
In the near future, we’ll cover some of the uses of the melodic minor scale.

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  1. tont Says:

    please email back track in c melodic minor..thanks

    November 28th, 2021 at 3:20 pm
  2. vreny Says:

    Just sent you an email with 2 backing tracks. Have fun. Sorry for the delayed reply. Been swamped. 🙂

    March 21st, 2022 at 3:08 pm