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How to Play the Natural Minor Scale on Heavy Metal Guitar

Let musician Alex Skolnick teach you how to play the natural minor scale on guitar in this heavy metal guitar lesson from Howcast.


Let's talk about the natural minor scale. If I play the natural minor scale from A, it's also called A Aeolian, by the way, there are several ways to play it. I like to start out on the 5th fret position. This is very close to the pentatonic scale. The minor pentatonic scale first is this. As I add in this not, B, and this note, F, in that exact same position, I get A natural minor. You'll notice I played the B here on the 4th string. I also have the option of playing that on the 3rd string, 4th fret. It's important to practice that in both positions. That's the A minor 5th fret position.

Another way to play it would be playing three notes per string, working your way up the neck and ending up here. Whenever you learn a scale, you want to play it in as many positions as possible. What if I go to the next string, the 5th string, which happens to be A? I could play A natural minor at the 12th fret. I could play the same thing an octave lower and this gives me the open A string. There I've played the natural minor but only in A. Remember there are 12 keys and you should aspire to play in all 12 keys.

That is our lesson today on the natural minor scale.

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