The B Minor Scale

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The Notes In The B Minor Scale

The notes in the B Minor Scale (Diatonic) are as follows:

B – C# – D – E – F# – G – A – B

All diatonic scales have only 7 notes, and then repeat at the octave, so you see the B again in the 8th position there. As you can see, there are two sharps in the B minor scale, one on the C, and the other on the F.

The notes in the B Minor Scale (Pentatonic) are as follows:

B – D – E – F# – A – B

B Minor Scale In Musical Notation

B Minor ScaleIf you’re familiar with reading music, you might recognize the B minor scale in the image on the left.

Popular Songs Written in B Minor

Here’s a few popular songs that are either written in B minor or D, which is the relative major key to B minor. Either way, you can use the B minor scale to solo over these songs and chord progressions.

  • Tin Pan Alley – Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Jumping Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
  • Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
  • Hotel California – Eagles
  • Red House – Jimi Hendrix

History of the B Minor Scale

According to Wikipedia, in the Baroque era, B minor was considered to be the key of ‘passive suffering’. The minor keys in general are often associated with sadder, more melancholy tones, and the B minor scale is no exception.

The Bm Guitar Chord

Have you ever had difficulty playing the Bm guitar chord? I just found a video that has a lot of great tips for playing the Bm chord on guitar.

A lot of beginners really struggle with the Bm chord, because it is often their first bar chord, and takes a lot more finger strength than other open chords.

But that shouldn’t stop you from trying to learn the Bm guitar chord, or for that matter, being able to master it!

So here’s the video I found, I hope its useful for you.

Guitar Scales- An Important Exercise To Learn

Guitar Scales- An Important Exercise To Learn

Do you know your guitar scales? If you’re learning to play guitar scales are an important exercise for you to learn. Scales are often neglected on the guitar, for some reason. But you would be hard pressed to find a good pianist who didn’t have at least some level of proficiency at scales. The same should be true for guitarists.

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The benefits of learning guitar scales

Learning to play scales on your guitar can have many benefits. One of the benefits is that you learn the notes of each particular scale, and become comfortable playing those notes. When you play a song in that key, you will already be used to playing each of the notes and will know where they are.

Playing guitar scales also has great technical benefits. Playing scales can help you increase your dexterity, precision, and speed of your playing. If you play scales each time you practice, over time you’ll notice your playing skills increasing from this simple exercise.

Learning and playing guitar scales

There are dozens of different scales, but you’ll want to start out with a few common ones. The most common scales for guitar are probably C, G, D, & A. I’d suggest that you start with major scales, as they are generally easiest and more commonly used. Later you can go on to minor scales plus other scales.

When you first start learning a scale, play it slow enough that you can play each note correctly and cleanly. As you get better, you can speed it up. However, never play them fast enough that you lose control. When you play a scale, each note should be perfect – clean, and in steady rhythm, tone, and volume. As a teacher of mine once said, “Make your scales like a pear necklace – each note, perfect, round, and beautiful!” Follow this advice and watch your playing improve!

Learning Guitar Scales – 3 Tips To Accelerate Your Progress

Learning Guitar Scales – 3 Tips To Accelerate Your Progress

Learning guitar scales can be a very frustrating experience for many guitarists. It’s very easy to feel totally overwhelmed with just how much needs to be learnt. To learn and master every possible guitar scale out there would take many lifetimes. Because of this, many guitarists find it hard even knowing where to start!

learning guitar scales

In this article I’ll reveal three powerful tips to help you in your quest for guitar scale mastery. They are designed to help reduce any feelings of overwhelm that you may currently have. Let’s take a look at the tips now:

**Tip #1: Develop a written plan for learning guitar scales.**

This is really important. It is vital to introduce some structure into your scale learning process. Rather than aimlessly practicing guitar scales, you want to become laser focused. This is achieved by writing down things such as:

  • How much time each day you will devote to scale practice.
  • What guitar scales you need to learn, in order to play the style of music that you love.
  • What keys are the most common to the style of music that you play.
  • What specific guitar scale exercises you will learn.
  • What books, DVDs and other resources you will use to learn scales.
  • What specific things that you don’t understand yet.

If you don’t know how to work out the stuff above, then I recommend booking some lessons with a professional guitar tutor. Make sure that they can play the style of music that you love. It’s not much point asking a classical guitar tutor what scales you need to learn for jazz guitar!

**Tip #2: Learn one scale at a time.**

I can’t stress this tip enough. A major reason why many guitarists never master guitar scales is that they try to learn too many at once. This usually causes them to learn scales on a very superficial level. They may know lots of scales, but they definitely haven’t mastered any. This causes them to sound very unmusical when they improvise. They just sound like they are running up-and-down scales.

**Tip #3: Don’t worry about trying to learn guitar scales in all 12 keys.**

This advice goes against what a lot of guitar tutors and guitar books say. The reason why I say it is simple:

Trying to learn all scales in all 12 keys leads to a feeling of overwhelm for most guitarists! It can take months to learn a scale to mastery in one key. Especially if you want to know that scale over the entire fretboard AND be able to improvise fluently with it. For some guitarists, just thinking that they need to do this in all 12 keys is too much.

They just give up! Here is a much better approach:

  1. Find out what the most common keys are for the style of music that you play.
  2. List the keys in order. You will put the most common key at the top, and the least common key at the bottom.
  3. Master the key that is at the top of the list.
  4. Master, (one at a time), the rest of the keys on your list.

There we have it! Implement these three tips and turbo-charge your ability in learning guitar scales!

Should I Learn Guitar Scales?

Should I Learn Guitar Scales?

Do you really need to spend any of your valuable time learning guitar scales and theory?

The argument that a guitarists will use to not learn any type of theory is that they will be in danger of losing there originality. They won’t be able to be or sound like themselves, they will be caught up and constrained within the confines of rules and regulations. The only problem with that kind of thinking is that you are in danger of not growing and progressing as a musician.

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All basic lead guitar instruction courses at the root level will tell you to learn chords, scales and arpeggios because they know that you will gain a greater understanding of how the music process inter-grates and works together, you will expand your playing with new possibilities and concepts, rather than the reverse.

And here is the most important factor. A lot of self taught musicians tend to suffer from episodes of self doubt because of not knowing what to play, which in turn can breed insecurities and lack of self confidence in your playing.

Knowledge is power as they say, so if you want to advance your guitar playing to expert status as a lead guitar improviser or if you want to be taken seriously as a professional musician, there is no two ways about it, you are going to have to set some time aside to practise modes, scales and learn notes on your guitar fretboard.

Here are some pointers you might want to keep in mind when getting started.

1. 5 or 10 minutes a day of disciplined practise will yield more results than 10 years of picking up your guitar and ‘noodling’ about, sitting on the end of your bed.

2. Set aside ten minutes for a practise session and decide before hand what it is you are going to do and learn. Too many guitarists tell me they practised for 8 hours a day and when I ask them what did you learn – I’m not usually given a clear answer.

3. Always use a drum machine or metronome when practising as you will learn in time that timing is everything.

4. You don’t have to practise at the speed of sound when you start. You will find most guitarists who play fast, find out that speed is not what music or guitaring is really about and end up going back to their roots and playing melodic phrases that satisfy themselves.

5. Don’t beat yourself up because you are not Steve Vai or Dave Gilmour after 2 weeks.

Also, something that isn’t discussed very often about practising guitar scales or modes or arpeggios is that it doesn’t have to be drudgery and boredom. Spending 10 or 20 minutes a day working on the theory aspect of your playing will yield benefits far beyond what you can come up with on your own. I don’t think that there is a single musician on the planet who has spent time learning theory and said I wish I hadn’t have spent all that time learning all that crap.

Conclusion: If you want to advance your playing or write songs that are original and express who you really are, you should consider opening yourself to some solid theory because the road to originality is through other peoples stuff. If you have a good working knowledge of guitar scales, you will identify what your favourite players are up to and be able to duplicate those phrases in all keys for yourself.