The Diatonic Minor Scale

The diatonic minor scale is one of the most common and popularly used scales on the guitar. The term diatonic simply means that it is a 7 note scale. Don’t give yourself the thought that it is hard to learn because of the word diatonic.

There are many variations of diatonic minor scale but we are going to look at the Am diatonic scale. It is used in all kinds of music and can be moved all over the fretboard.

This scale and its pentatonic counterpart are very much alike. But since all notes must be present in a diatonic scale, notes B and F are added.

The Am diatonic scale is like this: if frets 5 to 9 are to be labeled as 1 to 5, respectively, then your fret pattern starting from the 6th string going down is 1-3-4, 1-3-4, 1-3-5, 1-3, 1-2-4, 1-3-4.

Practice this diatonic scale and get a feel for it. It’s going to be a great basis for doing riffs and slides.

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