Here are all the 5 Shapes presented as minor Shapes
Here are all the 5 shapes presented as Minor Shape Patterns. As I mentioned earlier this is the easiest way to remember the shapes and the position of the Root Notes. This is important because it allows us to then use our system to find the position for the Major Shape Pattern. Simply go back 3 frets from any of the Root Notes in the Patterns and you will find the VI note. When you have found the VI note simply re-position the same pattern to start from the VI note. Obviously the Root of the major scale shape (Key Note) will be the note you play in the pattern after the VI Note. If unsure go back to part V to familiarize yourself with this concept.
ALL THE FOLLOWING PATTERNS ARE MINOR SCALE PATTERN SHAPES
I have started from the G Shape because its the simplest to learn and its also the pattern we have used most up to now. Remember take the first letter of each pattern and it spells C-A-G-E-D starting from C pattern. However you don’t need to start from any letter. Just choose the Key Note (Root Note) you wish to play in . For example C for C major or C minor. D for D major or minor. Eb for Eb major or Eb minor then locate this as your Root Note.
So there we are then I told you there were only 5 shapes that you needed to know. To make 10 all we have to do is move these shapes down the fretboard 3 frets towards the Nut at the top of the fretboard from any root note and then relocate the same shape starting on that note. Basically you are now starting the same pattern on the VI degree of the scale. The Root note will not have changed position but there are different notes in the scale you are now playing. You have taken a Minor Scale Pattern and made it into a Major Shape Pattern. Then you now have both the major scale and the minor shape patterns for any given key note (Root Note). For example you now have a C major and C minor scale at your disposal with this method. Playing C minor and C major against C major or C dominant 7th chords is perfectly acceptable in Blues and Rock music. This method also works well against other Chords in a C major chord progression.
You will now be aware that to play in both a minor scale and a major scale from the same Key Note (ie; Root Note) means shifting the same pattern up and down the fretboard. Some players do this, for example Angus Young and Eric Clapton have been known to use this strategy from time to time. However there is a another strategy that involves combining 2 different patterns at a time to achieve the same effect. This can be a simpler way of achieving the same thing (ie; playing notes from both a minor scale and a major scale) and requiring less movement along the fretboard. Players such as BB King, Eric Clapton and Angus Young were among many blues and rock guitarists to use these strategies. I will be discussing this in the next part.
For sake of completeness here is an overview of all the patterns Minor and Major.
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