Sunday, March 22, 2009

Give Solo Some Spanish Flair Using The Natural Minor Scale

Let's talk about giving a Spanish flair or sound to your soloing.This can be done using the Natural Minor scale.Think of a Carlos Santana type sound with this scale.
A good key to start with is the key of A.With no sharps of flats,it will be the following notes... A-B-C-D-E-F and G.This scale fits over the minor chord,in this case,the A minor chord.a good way to hear the relation of the two is to strum the chord then play the scale.Of course recording the Am chord being strummed,then playing the natural minor scale along with the recorded strum track is the better way.And ideally recording both parts and simply listenening to the relationship of the two is by far the best way to hear the relationship!A chord progression to play this scale over would be Am to Dm to Em and back to Am .... /Am/Dm/Em/Am/..So,get the ol' axe out,check the the notes for the different keys,and learn the scale in the key of A(no sharps or flats),then some other guitar related keys like D,E and G...
Natural Minor Scale...(The A Natural minor scale fingering)and,of course,this fingering can be moved to play in ALL the keys :-)isn't the guitar really player friendly!!!
A = A - B - C - D - E - F - G - A
D = D - E - F - G - A - Bb - C - D
E = E - F# - G - A - B - C - D - E
G = G - A - Bb - C - D - Eb - F - G


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