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Notes and Key Siganature

Scale notes, degrees and key signature to A Melodic Minor in Dorian mode.


A Melodic Minor Scale notes and degrees

  • B
    Tonic   ( i )
  • C
    Supertonic   ( II+ )
  • D
    Mediant   ( III )
  • E
    Subdominant   ( IV )
  • F♯
    Dominant   ( vo )
  • G♯
    Submediant   ( vio )
  • A
    Leading tone   ( vii )

A Melodic Minor Scale Key Signature

A Melodic Minor scale key signature consists of 2 accidental(s) : F♯ G♯

Notes

Information presented in this and the following sections refer to the ascending form of the melodic scale. The descending form is identical to the natural minor scale with the same tonic.

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Scale formula

A Melodic Minor in Dorian mode. Scale formula expressed in terms of (H)alf and (W)hole steps.


  • B  
  • H  
  • C  
  • W  
  • D  
  • W  
  • E  
  • W  
  • F♯  
  • W  
  • G♯  
  • H  
  • A  
  • W  
  • B
H - (H)alf step (1 note) W - (W)hole step (2 notes)

Chromatic scale

Chromatic scale note names for A Melodic Minor scale.

B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯

Fretboard

Layout of notes in A Melodic Minor scale on the guitar fretboard.


0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯
B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯
G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯
D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯
A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯
E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯
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Positions

Fretboard positions for A Melodic Minor in Dorian mode.


7 8 9 10 11
B 1 C 2 C♯ D 4 D♯
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A 4 A♯
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯
A 1 A♯ B 3 C 4 C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯ 4
B 1 C 2 C♯ D 4 D♯
8 9 10 11 12
C 1 C♯ D 3 D♯ E 4
G G♯ 2 A 3 A♯ B 4
D♯ E 2 F F♯ 4 G
A♯ B 2 C 3 C♯ D 4
F F♯ 2 G G♯ 4 A 4
C 1 C♯ D 3 D♯ E 4
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10 11 12 13 14
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯ 4
A 1 A♯ B 3 C 4 C♯
F F♯ 2 G G♯ 4 A
C 1 C♯ D 3 D♯ E 4
G G♯ 2 A 3 A♯ B 4
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯ 4
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0 1 2 3 4
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯ 4
B 1 C 2 C♯ D 4 D♯
G G♯ 2 A 3 A♯ B
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯ 4
A 1 A♯ B 3 C 4 C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯ 4
2 3 4 5 6
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A 4 A♯
C♯ D 2 D♯ E 4 F
A 1 A♯ B 3 C 4 C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯ 4
B 1 C 2 C♯ D 4 D♯
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A 4 A♯
4 5 6 7 8
G♯ 1 A 2 A♯ B 4 C
D♯ E 2 F F♯ 4 G
B 1 C 2 C♯ D 4 D♯
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A 4 A♯
C♯ D 2 D♯ E 4 F
G♯ 1 A 2 A♯ B 4 C
5 6 7 8 9
A 1 A♯ B 3 C 4 C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯ 4
C 1 C♯ D 3 D♯ E
G G♯ 2 A 3 A♯ B 4
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯ 4
A 1 A♯ B 3 C 4 C♯

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Intervals

Intervals between two notes in A Melodic Minor scale.


Scale intervals

Intervals for any two of A Melodic Minor in Dorian mode.

B C D E F♯ G♯ A
B U m2 m3 P4 P5 M6 m7
C M7 U M2 M3 Aug4 m6 M6
D M6 m7 U M2 M3 Aug4 P5
E P5 m6 m7 U M2 M3 P4
F♯ P4 Dim5 m6 m7 U M2 m3
G♯ m3 M3 Dim5 m6 m7 U m2
A M2 m3 P4 P5 M6 M7 U

Interval codes

U - Unison O - Octave
m2 - minor 2nd M2 - Major 2nd
m3 - minor 3rd M3 - Major 3rd
Aug4 - Augmented 4th P4 - Perfect 4th
Dim5 - Diminished 5th P5 - Perfect 5th
m6 - minor 6th M6 - Major 6th
m7 - minor 7th M7 - Major 7th

Finding an interval's name

In order to find interval name between two notes using the tables below:

  • a ) choose a note from the the first column of "Scale Intervals" table,
  • b ) choose a note from the first row of "Scale Intervals" table,
  • c ) find the cell of intersection for the column and the row your chosen notes are in in "Scale Intervals" table,
  • d ) read interval code from the cell,
  • e ) decode interval code using "Interval Codes" table (optional).

Interval counts

Counts of intervals found in A Melodic Minor scale.

Interval U m2 M2 m3 M3 P4 Aug4 Dim5 P5 M6 m6 m7 M7
Count 7 2 5 4 4 4 2 2 4 4 4 5 2

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Pentatonic

Pentatonic for A Melodic Minor in Dorian mode.


A Melodic Minor pentatonic consists of the following notes: B,D,E,F♯,A

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯
B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯
G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯
D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯
A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯
E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯
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Positions for pentatonic

Postions for pentatonic of A Melodic Minor in Dorian mode.


7 8 9 10 11
B 1 C C♯ D 4 D♯
F♯ 1 G G♯ A 4 A♯
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯
A 1 A♯ B 3 C C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
B 1 C C♯ D 4 D♯
10 11 12 13 14
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯ 4
A 1 A♯ B 3 C C♯
F F♯ 2 G G♯ A
C C♯ D 3 D♯ E 4
G G♯ A 3 A♯ B 4
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯ 4
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0 1 2 3 4
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
B 1 C C♯ D 4 D♯
G G♯ A 3 A♯ B
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯ 4
A 1 A♯ B 3 C C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
2 3 4 5 6
F♯ 1 G G♯ A 4 A♯
C♯ D 2 D♯ E 4 F
A 1 A♯ B 3 C C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
B 1 C C♯ D 4 D♯
F♯ 1 G G♯ A 4 A♯
5 6 7 8 9
A 1 A♯ B 3 C C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
C C♯ D 3 D♯ E
G G♯ A 3 A♯ B 4
D 1 D♯ E 3 F F♯ 4
A 1 A♯ B 3 C C♯

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Guitar Finger Names

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Modes

Modes of A Melodic Minor scale (relative to Dorian mode).


Mode              
dorian B C D E F♯ G♯ A
phrygian dominant C D E F♯ G♯ A B
lydian D E F♯ G♯ A B C
ultralocrian E F♯ G♯ A B C D
harmonic minor F♯ G♯ A B C D E
locrian G♯ A B C D E F♯
ionian A B C D E F♯ G♯

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Relative Scale

Relative scale to A Melodic Minor in Dorian mode.


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Scale Chords

Various chords for A Melodic Minor scale. Chords in this section are usable with any mode of this scale.


Short name (without a leading note) and number of chords of a given type are given in [] and the () respectively. Major triad names consist of the leading note only, hence no short name is shown for them here.

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Chords Shapes

Chords shapes for chords built on A Melodic Minor scale.


Chord shapes with root note on G, D, A or E string.

Root note on G string

  • Major Triad
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D          
    A          
    E          
  • Minor Triad
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D          
    A          
    E          
  • Diminished
    e 1
    B 3
    G 4
    D          
    A          
    E          
  • Augmented
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D          
    A          
    E          
  • Suspended 2nd
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D          
    A          
    E          
  • Suspended 4th
    e 1
    B 4
    G 3
    D          
    A          
    E          

Root note on D string

  • Minor Triad
    e 3
    B 2
    G 1
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Augmented
    e 1
    B 3
    G 2
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Major Triad
    e 2
    B 1
    G 3
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Diminished
    e 3
    B 1
    G 2
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Suspended 2nd
    e 3
    B 2
    G 1
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Suspended 4th
    e 2
    B 1
    G 4
    D 3
    A          
    E          
  • Minor major 7th
    e 2
    B 4
    G 3
    D 1
    A          
    E          
  • Minor 7th
    e 1
    B 3
    G 2
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Augmented major 7th
    e 3
    B 2
    G 4
    D 1
    A          
    E          
  • Dominant 7th
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Half-diminished 7th
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Major 6th
    e 4
    B 2
    G 3
    D 1
    A          
    E          
  • Minor 6th
    e 3
    B 2
    G 4
    D 1
    A          
    E          
  • Major 9th
    e 3
    B 4
    G 1
    D 2
    A          
    E          
  • Minor 9th
    e 3
    B 4
    G 1
    D 2
    A          
    E          
  • Major add9
    e 4