Melodic Minor Modes

by Andre Nieri

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  • Hello folks!

    In this lesson I'll teach you some tricks and tips of the modes of the melodic minor scale.
    Nowadays, this scale is primarely used in jazz/fusion, but some excerpts of it can be found in other styles as well, such
    as prog rock, country, funk, samba etc.

    The melodic minor scale can be noted as:
    R 2 b3 4 5 6 7

    I like to face it as a dorian mode with the natural 7th in the place of the b7.

    The modes are as follows:

    1) Melodic Minor scale by itself - R 2 b3 4 5 6 7
    2) Dorian(b9) or Phrygian 6 (also known as Phrygian #6) - R b2 b3 4 5 6 b7
    3) Lydian(#5) - R 2 3 #4 #5 6 7
    4) Mixolydian(#4) - R 2 3 #4 5 6 b7
    5) Mixolydian(b6) - R 2 3 4 5 b6 b7
    6) Locrian 9 (also known as Locrian #9) - R 2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7
    7) Altered scale - R b2 b3 b4 b5 b6 b7

    Chord progression

    | Am7/9 | % | Dm7/9 | % |

    |Bø9 | E7 alt | Am7/9 | % |

    | F#7(#11) | % | Fmaj7/9 | % |

    | Bø9 | Ealt7 | Am7/9 | Ab7/9/13 |

    | Gm7/11 | % | F#maj7(#11) | D#m7/9 |

    | Em7/9 | C#alt | F#13 F#(b13) | Bsus Csus |

    | Amaj7/9 | % | Dmaj7/9 | % |

    | Bm7/9 | Bb7/9/13 | Am7/9 | Ab7/9/13 |

    | Gmaj7/6/9 | % | Cm7/G | % |

    | Fm ma7/Ab | Abm ma7/Cb | Bm maj7/D |

    The solo is about 90% played with the melodic minor scale, so it's an excelent way to learn more about the scale and get used to its sounds!

    Hope you like it!

    Tuning: Standard

    Key: The first bars are basically in Am, but then it goes to extreme modulations.

    Gear: Dreamer TL, Bogner Shiva EL34, Maxon OD9, Apogee Duet2, Logic Pro 9.
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