Scales: G (Jazz) Melodic Minor

More often called the Melodic Minor scale, this scale is commonly used in improvisation. This position ( personal opinion ) lends itself nicely to working up speed.

Remember that these scales can be played anywhere on the neck. In the case of this scale, if you were to start the same shape (pattern) one fret higher (4th fret) it would become the Ab Melodic Minor scale. One fret lower and it becomes the Gb Melodic Minor scale.

Also notice that this position DOES NOT start on the root of the scale, G.

When practicing any scale, always start off slowly. Play precisely and cleanly remembering to double pick ( pick .. down, up, down, up, down etc.). Speed will come but you will see much better results if you work on precision first.

The lessons on improvisation will give you some ideas on how to use these scales to their fullest advantage.

Click on the diagrams for an MP3 audio example.

Click here if you’re not sure how to read the scale blocks.


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