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Guitar Learning the Minor Keys A and E Lesson 10

Updated on August 14, 2015

A Minor

In Lesson 9 we learned the Natural A Minor scale. No sharps or flats in the key signature. Quickly review this scale. Now, we will learn the Harmonic A Minor Scale. The Harmonic will take the seventh note of the scale and raise the 7TH note one half step. This note will be raised ascending and descending down the scale. Check out line 2 and play it a few times.

Line three is a more interesting form of the A Minor scale. I like this one the best. ascending up the scale we will raise the 6th and 7th note a half step, and lower it to the regular tone using accidental symbols descending. This is why sometimes you will see G# and F# in the songs that are in A minor. Remember Melodic scales use the accidential signs descending the scale.

E Minor Scale and Using A Minor In A Song

Where do we get the E minor scale from? The G major scale. Play your G scale and stop at the 6th note. We can build the E minor scale from there. Play line 5 the Harmonic E minor scale. The 7TH note is raised 1/2 step ascending and descending. Line 6 is the Melodic scale and the 6TH and 7th note will be raised ascending and will be natural descending. Practice the scale ascending and descending utill you can play it without mistakes,

The last line is a very popular song, What child is This? I arranged it for the key of A minor. After you learn to play this, see if you can make a song in A minor. Simple tips to remember.

Song will end on the note A

No sharps or flats in key signature

Using the Melodic scale gives us the G and F sharp used in the song

Playing songs from each scale is a useful exercise. Starting out as a beginner use any easy 2 or 3 line song, You can think of something. The main idea of this exercise is to take you out of the book, and give freedom on the guitar.

Types of Minor Scales

The scales will help you play songs in different keys.
The scales will help you play songs in different keys. | Source

Song in A minor

Using the A minor Melodic scale and taking the 7 notes and chords, we can make a song. There are hundreds of different arrangements of Greensleeves or What Child Is This. You will need to study line 3 the A minor scale.

Song from A Minor

What Child Is This is written in A Minor.
What Child Is This is written in A Minor. | Source

Chords in E Minor

The three chords are E minor, A minor and B7th. The scale to pick out the chords will have one sharp, F#/ The notes in each chord should be followed to make the chords. Remember the 1st, 4th and 5th note of the scale gives us the chords. Look at rhe line below at the first chord E minor. All six strings play this chord. We use open E, B 2nd finger, E 3rd finger, and open : G. B,E.

The second chord on that line is A Minor which you all know, Notes A,C,E. The last chord is B 7th. The notes are B 2nd finger, D# 1st finger 1st fret 4 th string,A 3rd finger,B, and F# 4th finger.. Practice until you know the notes in each chord.

Chords in E Minor

These are the notes that make up the three chords in E Minor.
These are the notes that make up the three chords in E Minor. | Source

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