What is the Guitar chord - lead scale of A# Minor / B flat minor? I'd like to see what this scale looks like in tablature. How do I play it?
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Bb minor pentatonic scale
You mention playing "lead". The most common "lead" scale in rock and blues is the minor pentatonic scale. A pentatonic scale is a scale with 5 tones. You can play other scales over a minor chord, but minor pentatonic is probably the place moost rock/blues players will start.
This one chord form and one scale isn't the full story about playing in
Bb minor. It's just the basic starting point. When you get comfortable with it, you can try branching out to other chord voicings and other scales.
1 2 3 4 E-5-----7- B---3---4- G-7---1--- D-4---5--- A-1-----3- E-5-----7-
Generally, you should refer to
Bb minor instead of
A# minor. It's a technical issue about 5 flats in
Bb minor rather than 7 sharps in
A#. It's a lot easier to read notation and handle common chord changes for
There are many ways to play the B♭ minor scale on the guitar. Assuming you want the natural minor scale, this is one example of how to play it, shown in standard tablature:
——————————————————————————————-6-8-9- ————————————————————————-6-7-9——————- ————————————————————-6-8————————————- —————————————-6-8-10————————————————— ———————-6-8-9———————————————————————- —-6-8-9——————————————————————————————
If you want to end with B♭, don’t play the last two notes.
Note that there are other minor scales besides natural minor.
A♯ and B♭ are enharmonic notes, keys, and chords, so you would play them the exact same way. B♭ is by far more common because it’s more practical in standard notation.
It would be beneficial if you learned the shape of the scales on the guitar. You could then play that scale with any tonic note by shifting it up and down the fretboard.
The diagram below shows the spacing between the notes of the major and natural minor scales. (The “blue” notes, which are not part of those scales but often used in blues and rock music, are shown in blue.) The red notes are major roots. The green are minor roots. The yellow are other pentatonic notes. The gray are other additional diatonic notes. There are no fret numbers because this diagram can be seated at any fretboard position.
I suggest you learn what spacing is between the notes on a minor scale. 3 minor types are natural, harmonic, and melodic. These are available online many times over. Half steps are single frets two frets are whole steps. Sound them out. Ride up one string to find the pitches and compare that with convenient fingerings in one position. Theres nothing like self discovery. I will tell you the natural minor is down 1 and a half steps from the relative major using same notes.