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Melodic Minor Chords and Scales

The Melodic minor scale has the same key as its relative major key and all notes but one are the same. see (b3).


The embellishment of the Melodic minor chords:

  • I-6 is Tonic : It is the (I) that characterize this mode. Remark: I-M7 is also diatonic to this scale but it is to remember that the Melodic minor is the only to   -   have its  sixth-degree natural, so it is better to use this chord instead of C-M7.
  • II-7 is subdominant: It is different from the II-7 from the major scale that has E as Alt 9. Whereas the Melodic mode has Eb as Alt 9.
  • bIIIM+7 plays the same role as in the Melodic minor.
  • IV7(#11) is dominant: It has a Tritone between A and Eb and is often associated in the Cadence:  I-  /  IV7  /  I-  called " II  /  V Tonic " used in the minor blues.
  • V7(9) is dominant: It is often used in cadence:  II-7  /  V7(9)
  • VI-7(b5)is used: as a II- relative in the cadence:    A-7(b5)  / D7(b9) / G7 / C-6
  • VII-7(b5) is dominant:

Some consideration about the Melodic minor scales: The suggested fingering is here to help to learn these scales. Sometime you will encounter finger slides for half or full step. Try to get used to that, it is a valuable technique to master. You can also download the scales in the pdf format down the page.


Principal Real Melodic Minor Scales for the Guitar.

Principal Real Melodic Minor Scales.pdf

Harmonic minor Scales for the Guitar.

Harmonic Minor Scales.pdf