How To Make Music With The MELODIC MAJOR Scale

Tommaso Zillio

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aeolian dominant

I really love learning new scales on the guitar.

Even if often they turn out to be old scales.

That is, scales that you have heard already - but you did not know you did.

So when I learned this scale for the first time, I was surprised… because it was THE sound I was after for a long, long time.

And finally, without warning, it was there in my hands. BOOM.

Talk about “inspirational” :-)

This scale - like many other scales - gets several names depending who you ask. I’ve heard it called Aeolian Dominant, Aeolian Major, Mixolydian b6, Melodic Major, 5th mode of Melodic Minor…

… but ultimately, I could not care less about its name.

The only thing I care about is how it sounds. And - to my ears at least - it sounds GOOD.

Maybe, like me, you were searching for this same sound and you did not know how to get it.

And if this is your case, I envy you… you are about to have so much fun :-)

If this video just wet your appetite for new and interesting sounds then check out also this other video on the Lydian b7 scale - another ‘hidden gem’ in the scales and modes repertoire:

If instead you want something more ‘far out’ in your music, and you are not afraid of some dissonances, then check out this other video on Augmented scales.

(yes, there is more than one!)

If you find all these scales hard to play - or visualize - or memorize - then you probably were never taught how to ‘see’ scales and modes on your guitar fretboard.

That’s ok. That feeling of dread that you have when you look at new scales to learn? Can be replaced with a sense of wonder and an unbounded curiosity for new sounds. You only need to make sense of the ‘logic’ behind scales and modes.

To get some help on that, check out the Master of the Modes guitar course, a complete video courses that explains everything there is to know about scales and modes and how to have all this theory make sense to YOU and to your music.

If you want all the details, explained in the right order, and all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed… then Master of the Modes is the course for you.


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