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Old 2005-07-01, 06:55
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feetunderwarpath best way to learn differences between major and minor scales is by doing the scale on one string:

A major

A|-0-2-4-5-7-9-11-12 So the rule for major is TTSTTTS

A Minor

A|-0-2-3-5-7-8-10-12 So the rule for minor is TSTTSTT

T = Tone (two frets)
s = semi tone (1 fret)

All you have to do is find a the root of the note that you want to play in the scale, whether you want it to be major or minor and then play it on the string. I just used an open A as it is an easy example to show what I mean. After learning it on one string you can then find out what the corresponding notes are in the scale for the rest of the strings.

A harmonic minor is the same as the minor scale but the 7th note in the scale is sharpened.

In A minor the notes are :A B C D E F G A(octave)

In A harmonic minor the are : A B C D E F G# A(octave)

I hope i haven't confused you more and that it helps in some way
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