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Country Guitar Scale in the Key of A – Part 2

The Country Guitar Scale as I mentioned in my previous Country Guitar Scale article is none other than an F# Minor Blues scale starting on A.  Because there is a relationship between F sharp minor and the key of A major it works beautifully.

Try using a standard chord pattern like A F#m D E7, one bar for each and see how thie scale fits.

I’ve started the scale on A, wheras in my previous article I started on the F sharp.  The descending part has a  variation in it to make it more interesting than the the standard up down scales that make guitar players dizzy and turn them into great scale players but lousy musicians.

Guitar Lesson Country Guitar Scale

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2 thoughts on “Country Guitar Scale in the Key of A – Part 2

  1. I started with A minor, the notes are A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Notice anything familiar? The notes of A minor are just the same as C major. In fact, if you take the 6th note of any major scale and play the notes up to the 6th one octave higher you’re playing the minor scale. So after learning the major scales I came to realize I knew all the notes for the minor scales as well. Obviously they share the same notes but of course, you need to phrase them differently when you play.

  2. guitar scale

    Yeah that’s what you call an Aeolian mode. Or some would call it an A natural Minor scale. Sharpen the 7th and you have the A Harmonic Minor, shrpen the 6th and you have the A Melodic ascending, which traditionally when it descends flattens both the 7th and the 6th interval to restore it to the Natural Minor again.

    The Aeolian is useful for improvising over chord six in the key of C e.g. over Am, Am7, Am#5, Amsus2, Am sus4, Am9 and all the variants . It’s useful for playing ‘inside’. Generally a lot of players use the modal system but it has limitations, like anything learn it, throw it in the toolbox, use it automatically but don’t get caught in it. There are much more musical ways of playing which are based around the chord relationships. The issue with the Aeloian mode and all the others is that in the wrong hands they just sound like scales and not music if they are not used wisely.

    tony hogan

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