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Brad Henecke

A Different View

In the last lesson, Brad Henecke compared some scales that are major or dominant in quality. Now, he repeats this process with minor scales.

Taught by Brad Henecke in Rock Guitar with Brad Henecke seriesLength: 7:00Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (06:40) Looking at Minor Modes and Scales In the previous lesson, Brad presented an alternate way of comparing scales and modes. He compared several scales that are major in quality. He analyzed each scale by the specific scale degrees that comprise them. You learned how altering or subtracting a scale degree can form a brand new scale that functions in a different way. For example, if the seventh scale degree of the major scale is lowered, the Mixolydian mode is formed. This mode works well over dominant seventh chords opposed to major and major seventh chords.

In this lesson, Brad compares several of the minor scales that he has presented previously in this lesson series. Similar to the previous lesson, each scale is presented in fifth position. This means that the first finger typically frets all of the notes played at the fifth fret. In addition, all scales discussed in this lesson are demonstrated in the key of A minor. This key is the easiest choice for comparing various minor scales because it contains no sharps or flats in the key signature.

Review of Relative Minor Keys

For every major key, there is a corresponding relative minor key that shares the same key signature. The relative natural minor scale is built from the sixth scale degree of the major scale. Here is the spelling of the C major scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. As you can see, A is the sixth scale degree. Therefore, the relative minor key of C major is A minor.

The Natural Minor Scale

The natural minor scale is built from the sixth scale degree of the major scale. This scale is also known as the Aeolian mode. This scale is spelled as follows: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A. To make effective comparisons between this scale and other minor scales, the notes within the scale must be labeled as scale degrees. From this point, it is much easier to determine how each note or scale degree functions.

A: First Scale Degree
B: Second
C: Third
D: Fourth
E: Fifth
F: Sixth
G: Seventh

The Minor Pentatonic Scale

The minor pentatonic scale is a five tone scale derived from the natural minor scale. Essentially, the minor pentatonic scale eliminates the notes from the natural minor scale that create tension. These notes are B and F. As a result, the A minor pentatonic scale is spelled as follows: A, C, D, E, G, A. Now, analyze these notes in terms of scale degrees relating back to the natural minor scale.

A: First Scale Degree
C: Third
D: Fourth
E: Fifth
G: Seventh

As you can see, the minor pentatonic scale is comprised of the first, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh scale degrees of the natural minor scale.

The pentatonic and natural minor scales are excellent choices when improvising over a minor seventh chord. Compare the spelling of AMI7 to the spelling of both scales.

A minor pentatonic: A, C, D, E, G, A
A natural minor: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A
AMI7: A, C, E, G

As you can see, all four notes within the AMI7 chord are contained within both scales.

A Dorian Mode

The A Dorian mode is spelled as follows: A, B, C, D, E, F#, G, A. In comparison to the natural minor scale, the Dorian Mode features a raised sixth scale degree. The F of the natural minor scale is raised a half step to make F#. This gives the Dorian mode the following scale degrees:

A: First Scale Degree
B: Second
C: Third
D: Fourth
E: Fifth
F#: Raised Sixth
G: Seventh

The raised sixth scale degree of this mode gives it a fresh new tonal flavor. The Dorian mode is also an ideal choice when playing over minor triads and minor seventh chords. All of the notes that comprise these chords are found within the Dorian mode.

The Phrygian Mode

The A Phrygian mode is spelled as follows: A, Bb, C, D, E, F, G, A. Now, analyze these notes in terms of how they relate back to the natural minor scale.

A: First Scale Degree
Bb: Flatted Second
C: Third
D: Fourth
E: Fifth
F: Sixth
G: Seventh

The second scale degree is the primary difference between the natural minor and Phrygian mode. The Phrygian mode features a flatted second scale degree. The flatted second gives this mode an overall much darker sound. The Phrygian mode is typically used when improvising over the iii chord in a major key. For example, the A Phrygian mode could be used over an Am chord in a chord progression in the key of F major.

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euroa24euroa24 replied on June 25th, 2015

Having the diagram similar to the previous lesson on box pattern major scales and modes for this lesson would bee cool

blueguitar420blueguitar420 replied on July 11th, 2009

so A minor dorian is the same as C lydian?

ben234ben234 replied on October 5th, 2008

can different modes be built from harmonic and melodic minors

dash rendardash rendar replied on February 8th, 2009

Modes can be built for any scale. (Even the Pentatonic scale has modes.) Just use the same principle and play the scale from successfully higher degrees.

nvr2l84funnvr2l84fun replied on September 9th, 2007

mine too. I have a way easier time understanding the modes from the major scales.and minor scales Even though I know the chromatic scale. I learned that a long time ago. This lesson just confussed the you know what out of me. I am gonna wipe it from my brain lol and just concentrate learning modes from the major and minor scales.Not from the chromatic scale Sorry Brad I found a lesson on modes somewere else thanx for trying.

robearlerobearle replied on September 9th, 2007

OH thanks a lot! ...the one brain cell i had just packed up :p :)

Brad.HeneckeBrad.Henecke replied on September 7th, 2007

All the sharps and flats come from the chromatic scale because all the scales are in the same key. This lesson is a little different from the first way I showed you the modes. The first way I showed the modes was to show you how each mode is built from the notes of the major scale. This time all the modes are in the same key. Therefore the sharps and flats that you see in the mode come from the chromatic scale. Major modes are in the key of ( C ) and the minor modes are in the key of (A).When you compare the modes look at the whole step and half step patterns that make up the scale modes and how they differ from one to the other, for example in the C major scale the step pattern is two (2) whole steps one (1) half step, and three (3) whole steps one (1) half step. There are no sharps or flats in the C major scale when you build it from the Chromatic scale. In the C Lydian mode the step pattern goes three (3) whole steps one (1) half step two (2) whole steps and one (1) half step. Take the Chromatic scale and build the C Lydian mode using the same steps pattern that I just showed you that the Lydian mode has and you will see where the sharp comes from. It’s all in the chromatic scale and the step pattern of the scale you are building. If you are not sure of the notes in the chromatic scale, Steve Eulberg has a lesson on the Chromatic scale .The scale we make all music from. Don’t worry its easy to get confused I still do some at times.

nvr2l84funnvr2l84fun replied on September 7th, 2007

Brad I have a question when you are showing a different way of looking at modes ,were do you get the sharps and flats on the c major scale. A minor is 6th mode of c major and the dorian should be starting with the D still no sharps or flats and the Phygerian mode is E still no sharps or flats right, all the modes share the same notes as the scale your getting the modes from. So if C major is natural no sharps or flats were are you getting them from. Are you comparing c major dorian which is starting on D with D major and phygeran however that is spelled with E major. It doesnt seem that your comparing them too C major were the modes for the lesson come from. Pleas help .I am a little confussed. becuz if your comparing them to the other modes of the same scale. wouldnt it be c major cdefgabc Dorian defgabcd and phygeran efgabcde. Thanx forgive the spelling please.....

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