Learn to Play the A Natural Minor Scale in Different Patterns on Guitar

In the previous lesson, we checked out 4 different patterns using C Major and C Minor Scales to develop speed, dexterity, and synchronization of hands. In this lesson, we’ll check out how to play the A Natural Minor scale in four different patterns (on two different positions).

The first pattern uses the lower frets to form the A Natural Minor scale. Practice this scale in ascending and descending order. The emphasis should be given to the 1st 3rd and 5th degrees of the scale. I.e. A, C, and E notes.

Pattern I

A Natural Minor Scale Position II Pattern I on Guitar

Pattern II

The second pattern of starts in the same position but uses the higher frets to form the A Natural minor scale.

A Natural Minor Scale Pattern II on Guitar

Pattern III

The third pattern of A Natural Minor scale is a tad different. In this pattern, you need to slide your index finger from 5th to 7th fret on the 5th string and from 7th to 9th fret on the 4th string. This pattern uses a linear motion on the fretboard and uses the maximum number of frets on the 4th and 5th strings.

A Natural Minor Scale Pattern III on Guitar

Pattern IV

The fourth pattern starts on a different position on the fretboard, i.e. on the 12th fret of the 5th string and it follows the same pattern as the regular A Natural Minor Scale starting on the 5th open string (A).

A Natural Minor Scale Pattern IV on Guitar

[Video] A Natural Minor Scale on Different Positions of the Fretboard

Although this video doesn’t necessarily cover the positions/patterns in the exact same way as discussed in this post (except for the first pattern), it should give you a general idea of playing the A Natural Minor scale on the entire fretboard. Please do watch it, it’s worth the time.



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