In this Music Theory For Bass lesson we look at the modes of the melodic minor scale
What Is The Melodic Minor Scale?
The melodic minor scale is a variation on the natural minor scale. It contains a flattened third like the Natural Minor, but the sixth and seventh are major instead of minor.
Melodic Minor – C D Eb F G A B – 1 2 b3 4 5 6 7
Natural Minor – C D Eb F G Ab Bb – 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
Modes Of The Melodic Minor Scale
The modes in the key of C Melodic Minor are as follows:
C Melodic Minor – C D Eb F G A B
D Dorian b9 – D Eb F G A B C
Eb Lydian Augmented – Eb F G A B C D
F Lydian Dominant – F G A B C D Eb
G Mixolydian b13 – G A B C D Eb F
A Aeolian b5 – A B C D Eb F G
B Superlocrian – B C D Eb F G A
Practice these scales using the notation below. A one-octave shape is provided in the TAB, but don’t forget that it is important to learn different patterns for every scale so you are prepared to play it anywhere on the neck and starting on any finger. Once you feel comfortable with these shapes, try starting the scales on different fingers and work out other patterns.
If learning all of these new scale patterns seems overwhelming, try stripping each one back to its triad and go from there. It is actually a lot more important to know the chords associated with a scale than it is to know the modes. This is because our function as bass players is to outline the harmony of the chord progression, so chord tones are essential.
To find a chord within a scale, start with the root and take every other note. For a triad, you should have three notes – Root, Third and Fifth.
To create a Seventh Chord, add another third to the triad.
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The triads in this lesson are off
so the melodic minor scale is not the same as the jazz melodic scale
jazz melodic minor scale
Some good info here except the melodic minor scale you show is wrong. The scale is different going up than it is coming down. Only scale like it but that’s how it was designed. Look into it.
You’re talking about the Traditional Melodic Minor scale. That comes down as a Natural Minor scale. Guess what… you wouldn’t build modes from that scale (how would you). This is the Jazz Melodic Minor. The Traditional Melodic Minor is simply a consequence of melodic movement over chord 5 in a minor key. I’ve talked about this at length in other videos and courses. That’s totally unrelated to the reason you would use modes of a melodic minor scale.
Also, it’s not the only scale like it. And yes, I’ve looked into it.
I am fairly new to the concept of modes and my bass teacher introduced me to the Lydian dominant scale today. The content in this lesson is spot on with what he was trying to convey/explain to me, though the detail you provide is much more thorough and has helped me to understand the construction, context, and application of this mode better. I also appreciate your suggestion for practicing and internalizing this scale and its modes. Thank you, and please continue creating lessons. Your approach to teaching is fantastic!!