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Building a Minor Scale Melody

 

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Harmony Guitar Series 2 Part 1

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In this lesson we'll create a basic minor scale melody. Now that we know the defining characteristics of a melody, we can build our melody by targeting chord tones and filling in between them with scale notes.

In the first Harmony Guitar tutorial we discussed the characteristic elements of melody. Please refer to that tutorial in order to get a full discussion of the topic.

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As a brief refresher, there should be a unity of the overall group of notes. Each note should flow naturally to the next resulting in an overall unity. There should be a variety of motion, up and down. There should be a clear beginning, middle and ending. The melody should have a "story arc". It's not necessary, but best to have one high or low point that the entire melody works toward and away from.

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