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Melodic Minor Scale Patterns for Guitar

Updated: Aug 17, 2018

A scale reference for Melodic Minor Scale box shapes. These are the five shapes/patterns for the Melodic Minor scale on guitar, based off the CAGED System:

1 (D Shape)

2 (C Shape)

3 (A Shape)

4 (G Shape)

5 (E Shape)


  1. Pick a key.

  2. Locate the note on a string.

  3. Overlay the pattern with the 'R' falling on the note of a chosen key.

  4. Play pattern up and down then pick another key.

  5. Practice ONE shape a day and spend 2mins learning the pattern and moving it around to different keys.

If this all seems confusing then check out my free lessons onFretboard Knowledge: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

I hope you have found this useful, let me know in the comments :)


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