A minor scales

Animated A minor scales tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

This exercise is from the Theory Section on the CAGED system.

Here is the basic A minor scale played in open position (the lowest possible position on the fretboard), then at the octave (12th fret) position.

Both scales span 2 octaves each (i.e. from A through to the next A to end at the next highest A). This is the most common way to practice the scale, which is why we are doing it this way.

In open position first play the A minor chord. Followed by the A minor scale:

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - A

Then up at the 12th fret play the higher A minor chord. Followed by the A minor Scale:

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C - D - E - F - G - A

Notice that both A chords / scales are similar shapes. The first finger is used to 'replace' the open notes for the second chord / scale at fret 12.

Practice both scales until you are very familiar with them. Get faster and more regular with them. Use different methods to practice them, i.e. Ascend and descend through the notes. When ready, move to the next CAGED scale: G minor.

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