Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

In this lesson we’re going to look at the melodic minor scale. In classical music, the ascending melodic minor and descending melodic minor scales are actually different from each other, but in jazz and other popular music, melodic minor refers to the ascending form only, and it’s that form that we’re going to discuss in this lesson. The melodic minor scale has a particularly dark, noirish sound that goes well with minor-major 7th chords and minor ii-V-I sequences, among other things. Basically, if you want to add an air of mystery to your minor sound, melodic minor is a great choice. We’ll learn melodic minor scale fingerings for both hands, up and down two octaves, in all 12 keys.