A Melodic Minor
A Melodic Minor scale for guitar.
The A Melodic Minor is a seven-note scale. Colored circles mark the tones in the fingerboard diagram, with darker color highlighting the root notes. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 5th fret.
A Melodic Minor 2 octaves
A Melodic Minor full fretboard
A Melodic Minor with note names
The scale displayed with its numeric formula, intervals and scale degrees.
These are the main chords built from the notes of this scale:
The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the A Melodic Minor scale in which Am is the tonic triad. “M” is used as an abbreviation instead for “maj” in the third column.
The A Melodic Minor scale consists of seven notes. These can be described as intervals, as semi-notes or steps on the guitar fingerboard, written as 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 from the first note to the next octave.
This scale has an unusual aspect: it ascends as described above but descends as the Natural Minor. For that reason, it is also known as the Ascending Melodic Minor.
The A Melodic Minor is one of three A Minor scales, the other two are A Natural Minor and A Harmonic Minor.
The scale is identical with the Major scale apart from the minor third. Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as Ionian b3 scale.