Www.damienguitar.co.uk Three note per string studies : You will need to print off page 3 to work from. We are going to learn the following scales/arpeggios: • • •

Pentatonic Minor 3 octaves Natural minor 3 octaves harmonic minor 3 octaves

1st lets learn the “Interval Formula” for each scale : Pentatonic Minor: 1,b3,4,5,b7 Natural minor : 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,b7 Harmonic Minor : 1,2,b3,4,5,b6,7 “Tones and semitones” a tone is the distance of 2 frets a semitone is the distance of 1 fret. now we need to apply these formulas to the fret board. Here we are working in the key of so starting with the E string we get: EXAMPLE:1 I

E:1

II

III

2

b3

IV

V

4

VI VII VIII IX X

5

b6

XI XII

b7

If A =4 D=b7 G=b3 B=5 can you work out the rest of the notes on the fret board using intervals ?

The Harmonic Minor scale has the major 7th interval ,you can find this 1 fret above any b7. Look back at example:1 on the E string tenth (X) fret we have the b7,the major 7th interval will be on the eleventh fret (XI) . I would like you now to work out the intervals of the harmonic minor scale in E up to the 12th fret. The Pentatonic minor scale is the same as the Natural minor but has no semitones , therefore we remove we remove any “2” or “b6” interval .

E natural Minor

1

2

b3

4

5

b6

b7

5

b6

7

8

b7

b6 5

7

b6

4

b3

2

1

2

1

E Harmonic Minor

1

2

b3

4

8

5

4

b3

E Pentatonic Minor

1

b3

4

5

b7

8

b7

5

4

b3

1

II

III

IV

V

VI VII VIII IX X

XI XII

E harmonic Minor scale I II III

IV

V

VI VII VIII IX X

XI XII

IV

V

VI VII VIII IX X

XI XII

1 5 b3 b7 4 1

1 5 b3 b7 4 1

E Pentatonic Minor scale I 1 5 b3 b7 4

II

III

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