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A Minor: The Diatonic Natural Minor Scale (closed)

The A diatonic ‘natural’ minor scale is so-called as all the notes in this scale are unaltered (i.e. natural) meaning no note/interval is raised or lowered. Played in the closed position, this scale is very common starting ground for riffs and melodies.

Here is the tab for the scale in this lesson:

Diatonic Minor (A) 1 Position R6 - Pinky stretch

Using Octaves with the Diatonic Minor Scale

Bringing octaves into your phrasing can really add some extra weight to your solos – it is especially effective in jazz and blues styles, but it is a technique that is found in most guitar genres. Here we will be applying octaves to the diatonic minor scale.