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Dobro Lessons: A Minor Scale

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
We're gonna go over now the A minor scale.
Just as in the A blues scale, the A minor
scale can be used really
easily in this open position here on the
second fret.
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna play you the proper A minor
scale here.
Starts on the lowest string on the a note.
[MUSIC]
And goes
like this
[MUSIC].
That's an A minor scale right there in the
open position.
Let's do it one more time just a little
bit slower.
So second fret of the lowest string.
Open B, first fret, open D, second fret,
third fret, open G.
Second fret.
Open B.
First first.
Open D.
Second fret.
Third fret.
Fifth fret.
And it ends on the A note there on the
seventh fret.
[MUSIC].
Now, part of the reason this A minor scale
works so well is it's all the same
notes as a C major scale, also known as
the relative minor of C major.
So, any time you play in the key of C
major,
you're using all the same notes as A
minor.
[MUSIC]
There's your C major.
[MUSIC]
And then
[MUSIC]
The A note is just the sixth note of
a C major scale.
So that's how you get a minor mode really.
So you can practice that A minor scale
right there in the open A position.
[MUSIC].
Now, there's also what we would call a
minor pentatonic scale or
even a minor blues scale, and it's gonna
sound just a little different,
really all you're doing is leaving out a
few notes.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC].
So you leave out a couple notes, the scale
gets a little shorter and
it actually is probably a little more
versatile as the pentatonic version.
So it goes like this.
[SOUND] Second fret of the lowest string.
[SOUND] And then you jump right to the
first fret of the fifth string.
[SOUND] And then open D-string.
So it's, with your right hand it's really
a forward roll.
With the left hand you have do just a
little leap here.
[MUSIC]
Then fretted there.
Second fret of the fourth string.
Open.
Second fret of the third string.
And then, there's your leap again.
So, going down, you go from the first fret
of the second string,
second fret of the third string.
And don't forget, when you're playing
these scales in these open positions,
you can use some pull offs or hammer ons.
[MUSIC]
You don't have to pluck all the notes.
[MUSIC]
You can use the bar
to help you out,
[MUSIC].
So that's the A minor pentatonic.
Now, you can also play this scale in a
closed position.
So, it would sound something like this.
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
So the way this one goes is,
if you start on this A note, seventh fret
of the fourth string, right there,
fifth fret of the third string, seventh
fret of the third string,
fifth fret of the second string, eighth
fret of the second string, and
then you end on that high A note, seventh
fret.
You can also go up a minor third here.
[MUSIC]
To these notes.
[MUSIC]
And that can also connect you up to
the 14th fret which is your octave
of the second fret A position so
just like you did the minor pen and
tonic here
[MUSIC]
you can also do it on the the 14th fret
[MUSIC].
So it looks just the same as you do as it
does on the second fret, but
you don't have any open strings.
You have to fret all the notes.
[MUSIC]
So that closely relates
to the A blues scale.
And you can sort of interweave these
depending on the tonality of the song.
[MUSIC]