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Dobro Lessons: E Minor Scale

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Now, let's talk a little
bit about the E minor scale.
Now, E minor scale is gonna work really
well on a Dobro because E minor is
the relative minor of G major.
Essentially what that means is,
all the notes in an E minor scale are also
in a G major scale.
It's basically what they call a mode of
the G major scale.
So, G major goes from G to G.
E minor goes from E to E, but they share
all the same notes.
So I'm gonna show you a little bit about
how that works.
So if we're in the key of G it's pretty
common to also have an E
minor chord in the song.
So if you're playing in G, and
then an E minor chord comes up.
You can play all the same notes you just
played over the G in the E minor,
but just focusing on those E notes, which
are here,
second fret on the first and fourth
So an E minor scale is gonna be really
It's the same notes as in a G scale, just
starting and ending on E instead of G.
So here's an E minor.
Now here's E minor
in a closed position,
based off of this ninth fret E position.
So whenever
you're playing
in a minor key,
it's good to know
what the relative major is.
One simple way to do that is if you're
looking at your fretboard, and
you play the minor chord.
Say this E on the ninth fret.
If you go up three frets, so here's E,
one, two, three.
That's gonna be your relative major, so no
mat, no matter what minor key you're
playing in, if you find the minor chord
and go up three frets,
that's your relative major, that might
help you to find the scale a little bit.
For instance here's another example.
If I were to play an A minor chord, and
I'm thinking okay well I can play an A
minor, well if I go up three frets,
and play the major chord I also know okay
that's C major, so you can
use that little trick to help you sort of
navigate your minor, your minor scales.
But E is a nice one as I say because it's
the same scale,
same notes actually, as in G.
So, you've got all these open strings.
And then you can
end on this E minor,
right up here.
So I encourage you to try experimenting
with that E minor scale, and
just keep in mind, it's the same notes as
that are in G, so
you can play G scale stuff, focusing on
ending and
resolving to the E notes, and you're gonna
have a nice E minor scale.