Ultimate Guitar Lesson


VII. Scale Spelling

The preferred method for spelling scales is comparison of their steps to those of the major scale (covered in section I)

Major 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Major Pentatonic  1 2 3 5 6
   
Natural Minor 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
Minor Pentatonic  1 b3 4 5 b7
   
Harmonic Minor 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7
Melodic Minor 1 2 b3 4 5 6 7

(Use this version, ascending melodic minor, for jazz solos—not the classical version.)

Blues 1 b3 4 b5 5 b7

Symmetrical Scales

Whole Tone 1 2 3 #4 #5 b7
   
Diminished  
Whole-Half 1 2 b3 4 b5 b6 bb7 7
Half-Whole 1 b2 b3 b4 b5 5 6 b7