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Now you don't get as many minor scales,
you know, in bluegrass, as you do in other
styles of music.
But you do get more minor scales than you
might in
in all the other kinds of traditional
So I just want to have this little section
is sort of a reference to the different
kinds of minor scales because there are a
lot, there are actually four
different kinds of minor scales, some of
which we have covered.
We've already covered the natural minor
which is related another major scale.
there are two other minor scales that you
might run into in various tunes.
It's just good to know about them, and
that's why I'm putting this up because
it's good reference
you might hear somebody talking about the
harmonic minor scale.
Which has sort of a Arabian kind of-
so what is it makes it sound like that
Arabian sound?
We have that flat six.
And then we just have a huge stretch there
up to the major seven.
So that's the sound of the harmonic minor.
then we have the melodic minor scale which
is, it's like half,
the lower half is a regular minor scale,
and the upper half is like a major scale,
which is very cool actually, sounds cool.
This is what it sounds like.
Now this is I just played what is
known as the jazz melodic minor scale.
If you go to the classical musicians,
they are going to change that scale going
up and coming down.
They're gonna go-
And then-
They're gonna turn around and
go back to the natural minor scale coming
down, so it's an interesting idea.
I like it, I'm not quite sure why they
want to do it that way.
I kinda like it same going down as coming
up, and
the jazz guys agree that it's, in a way,
it's more useful if it's the same.
And it's very juicy.
It's a very juicy sound.
we'll be exploring some of the
implications of that minor scale in
very far in the future but it's gonna be
in there.
It's a great, very useful, wonderful
And then, of course, we have the modal
we have the Dorian mode.
So which we remember is-
So what is different about that it's-
We have that nice,
natural six [SOUND] high six [SOUND] and
then the flat seven.
those are all the different kinds of minor
scales that you're gonna probably run into
during the course of your musical career.
And I think that the Dorian again,
is one that is the most played in most
traditional musics.
So we're gonna do a tune that uses the
Dorian minor.
And it's called, [LAUGH] interestingly
enough, the Greek Medley,
and it's very connected to a lot of
different kinds of tunes,
like The Kentucky Mandolin, and things
like that.
So if you know the Greek Medley,
you'll be able to easily play a lot of
those bluegrass standards.