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Introduction To The Martin Taylor Guitar Academy
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Underlying Concepts
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Using 10ths with the Minor Scale

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[MUSIC]
So,
let's have a, just a little bit of a recap
of what we've done so far.
I've got you playing the major scales on
different strings.
Learning to play them the, the length,
lengthwise of the, of the, the fret board.
I've also got you to then go across play
seventh play 10th.
Now all of that information that I've
given you, we've been,
we've been doing that in in major.
With a major scale but all the same
principles apply in minor.
So if I play.
The melodic minor scale we use exactly the
same ideas.
So here's the, the major scale of G, G
major.
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What really makes the minor
chord is that the third note
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Is flattened.
So we have.
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So, we've got.
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So you remember our
tenth note was the third, an octave
higher.
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That's our tenth.
The difference is with the minor chord,
our tenth,
just as it's just a third, an octave
higher.
That's going to be flattened too.
So instead of playing a b.
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It's going to be a minor.
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So,
we're just a semi-tone below that's
flattened.
And that makes a minor chord.
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So using that principle what I want you
to do, rather than me going through
everything again.
That I've been doing it in the major,
major chords,
You don't really need to do that.
If you've, if you've been, been going
through this methodically, and, and
you understand where the notes are, you
understand how that works.
You can apply all that information now
onto the minor, so.
Doing this in the minor key, I really,
going to, this is more of an overview.
Because, because what I want you to do, is
I really want you to, to do some work now.
And, its pretty simple, It's pretty
straight forward.
It's just applying the major to minor.
and once you've done that, I want you to
do that on the sixth string, fifth string,
fourth string, the tenth, which will be a
minor tenth, the,
the seventh, I also want you to, to, play
the, the scales.
With transition points as we did with the
major and
also the same chord getting the seventh.
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You know,
get, using the seventh moving around.
Do exactly the same thing that we've been
doing in major in minor.
And when you feel that you've.
You're comfortable with that, what I want
you to do is to send me in a short video
of you playing the scales and playing it
with transition points.
Just a very short video, very simple.
And if you come up with any musical ideas,
any improvisations or compositions.
Using that, please send that to me as
well.
Because I really love to, love to hear
that.
And I'd be very, very, very happy to
respond with a video.
And discuss that with you and and work
with you in.
Moving those ideas forwards.
So I look forward to getting your video.
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