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Modes Of The Melodic Minor Scale

This guitar scale lesson is about the modes of the melodic minor scale. If this is the first you hear about modes, you'd better learn about the modes of the major scale first.

All the modes on this page have the A root, so you can hear the difference between the scales.

1) A Melodic Minor

Aka: Jazz Minor Scale
Use: on min/maj chords

Scale Formula
A B C D E F# G#
1 2 b3 4 5 6 7



Melodic minor scale chart


2) A Dorian b2

Use: on b9sus4 chords

Scale Formula
A Bb C D E F# G
1 b2 b3 4 5 6 b7



Dorian b2 scale chart


3) A Lydian #5

Aka: Lydian augmented scale
Use: on maj7#5 chords

Scale Formula
A B C# D# E# F# G#
1 2 3 #4 #5 6 7



Lydian #5 scale chart


4) A Lydian Dominant

Aka: Lydian b7, Overtone scale
Use: on 7(#11) chords, also see Tritone Chord Substitution

Scale Formula
A B C# D# E F# G
1 2 3 #4 5 6 b7



Lydian dominant scale chart


5) A Mixolydian b6

Aka: Mixolydian b13 scale, Hindu scale
Use: on dom7b13 chords

Scale Formula
A B C# D E F G
1 2 3 4 5 b6 b7



Myxolydian b6 scale chart


6) A Aeolian b5

Aka: Locrian #2 scale
Use: on m7b5 chords. Also see Half Diminished Chords

Scale Formula
A B C D Eb F G
1 2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7



Aeolian b5 scale chart


7) A Altered Scale

Aka: Super Locrian scale, Locrian b4 scale, Diminished Wholetone
Use: on dominant chords with altered tensions, also see The Altered Scale

Scale Formula
A Bb C Db Eb F Db
1 b2 b3 b4 b5 b6 b7



Altered scale chart



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