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Major is minor, and minor is major

Here is a basic C major scale with the root C indicated in blue. To the right of that you see the same scale fingering, only with A indicated in blue. As you have learned, a C major scale and an A minor scale contain the same notes. That means that a basic C major scale fingering, is in reality also a fingering for an A minor scale, if you are thinking of A as the root of the scale. Though this fingering does not neatly go from A to A, you are playing the full range of the notes in an A minor scale in that position.

C Major Scale

Basic C major scale fingering with C highlighted

A Minor Scale

Basic C major scale fingering with A highlighted

This means that the basic A minor scale fingering, is also another position of a C major scale, if you are thinking of C as that root of the scale instead of A.

A Minor Scale

Basic A minor fingering with A note highlighted

C Major Scale

Basic A minor fingering with C note highlighted

So you now have a 2 position area of the neck that can either be considered all C major, or all A minor. The trick is to know where all of the A and C notes are. These will be your guides.

Two positions of either A minor or C major

two positions of A minor or C major

There are a lot ways to play major and minor scales on the neck of the guitar. The previous scale positions are the most basic, and are the best ones to learn first.


Relative major, relative minor

The relationship between C major and A minor is relative. A is the relative minor of C major, and C major is the relative major of A minor. Just think...relative...same blood, same notes.


The 3 fret rule

If you are playing a major scale, and want to know what the relative minor scale would be, go down 3 frets from the root of the scale. (down in sound)

If you are playing a minor scale and want to know what the relative major scale would be, go up 3 frets from the root of the scale. (up in sound)

Down 3 frets = relative minor

Up 3 frets = relative major

Page 2, Natural minor on the neck of the guitar

Page 4, Parallel minor and the minor scale formula

 

Natural minor scale jump zone

Minor scale basics
Natural minor on the neck of the guitar

Major is minor and minor is major
Parallel minor and the minor scale formula



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