Today we are going to discuss learning 42 minor scales (14 natural minor, 14 harmonic minor, and 14 melodic minor). First, a word about learning scale shapes on guitar and similar instruments. The discussion talks about major scales but basically this applies to all scales.

Next, is a picture of the three minor scales, Natural, Harmonic, and Melodic. Each has a unique flavor to it and can be inspirational when creating music. And yes, the text was added by a caveman 😉

Natural, Harmonic, and Melodic minor scales
Natural, Harmonic, and Melodic minor scales

These are the “movable shapes” to use. The first note of each scale, the upper left note is the tonic note of the scale. For example, if you start on the 3rd fret of your low E string, these will all be G minor scales.

Below are all the note names for each of the 42 scales.

Please post any questions, comments or corrections 🙂