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Minor Diatonic Scale

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The Natural Minor Scale is widely used in all styles of western music, and today we're going to focus on its use in the style of Rock guitar playing. Knowing this scale is key to each lead rock guitarist's knowledge base, as it is one of the most widely used and effective soloing tools in rock music.

Every Minor Scale follows the same pattern in its construction. Beginning with the root note, we will move through this pattern in an ascending order:

W-H-W-W-H-W-W

W = Whole Step (2 frets on the guitar)
H = Half Step (1 fret on the guitar)

In these lessons, we're going to discuss several different ways to play this scale on the guitar and examine some "real-world" style examples of this scale in ways that imitate some of rock's prominent guitar players.