Minor gypsy scale on guitar

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The following are patterns for playing the minor gypsy scale in A at various positions on the guitar neck. These examples assume standard guitar tuning (E, A, D, G, B, E open guitar strings lowest to highest).

The horizontal lines are the guitar strings. The lowest guitar string is at the bottom. The vertical lines are the frets and the relevant fret numbers are included at the top of each pattern. The tonic of the scale (the first note) is in white. The dominant of the scale (the fifth note) is in gray.

These scale patterns can be transposed to other positions on the neck to produce other minor gypsy scales. Since not all of the patterns below start on the tonic of the scale, the same patterns can produce other modes of the minor gypsy scale.

Playing the D# of the minor gypsy scale is a challenge. The D# can be played on the same string as the C or on the next string. In the patterns below, the D# is played on the next string, as that tends to minimize movements of the fret hand.

Example pattern for playing the minor gypsy scale on guitar (pattern one)

Example pattern for playing the minor gypsy scale on guitar (pattern two)

Example pattern for playing the minor gypsy scale on guitar (pattern three)

Example pattern for playing the minor gypsy scale on guitar (pattern four)

Example pattern for playing the minor gypsy scale on guitar (pattern five)



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