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Watch the Jazz Melodic Minor Scale online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

Here we're going to look at the third type of minor scale, which is known as the Jazz Melodic Minor scale. In Western classical music, the Melodic Minor scale ascends one way using what we have here, but descends using the notes of the Natural Minor scale. In jazz, we ascend and descend the same way. This title is once again borrowed from George Russell's text The Lydian Chromatic Concept. In this lesson, I'll show you a two octave fingering of the scale along with its relationship to its parent chord, the minMaj7 chord. This scale has a lot of possibilities for use in improvisation and is an important one to add to your vocabulary.