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Lick of the Week Lesson 28
This week’s lick shows how to add one note to the standard minor pentatonic scale to give it a Melodic Minor sound.
The standard Pentatonic scale consists of R b3 4 5 b7
Melodic Minor is R 2 b3 4 5 6 7
As you will see, all the notes of the Pentatonic are found in the Melodic Minor scale but the b7 is a natural 7 in the Melodic Minor scale. By playing the Pentatonic scale and targeting this one note will instantly give you a Melodic Minor tonality.
One way to think of this note is as a semitone below the root note. The lick is in A minor so the natural 7th note will be Ab, one fret down from the root note. Also this note works best as a passing note so don’t hold the note for too long unless you want to sound really outside!
The lick uses 8th notes for the rhythm and uses two common Pentatonic scale positions. The first natural 7th can be found in the second bar (6th fret of D string) and the lick ends with another natural 7th at the 4th fret of the E string.
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