dansm's guitar scale lessons
the first mode
the first note of the melodic minor scale
the first mode is based on the first note of the melodic minor scale.
in e minor, the first mode looks like this (standard notation and one-string tab):




the scale box for the first mode looks like this:



to play this scale in e minor, play the box with the first note at the twelfth fret.
remember that when you play this scale descending you play the aeolian mode.
since this is the first mode of the melodic minor scale, this is also the harmonic minor scale, played from root to root. if someone asks you to play the melodic minor scale, this is what you play.
on to the second mode

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