The Jazz Minor Scale

The Jazz Minor Scale

The jazz minor scale is also known as the Melodic Minor Ascending scale. It has many uses in jazz improvisation. Here is the G Jazz Minor scale. It is played in this configuration both up and down. It is easy to think of this scale as a major scale with a flat third.

There are many chords that this scale will work over. Here are a few of them.

Here’s how to use these over different types of chords.
Chord type: G7alt or G7(b9b13)

Think up a half step and play Ab melodic minor from G to G.

Chord type: Cmin7(b5)

Think up a minor third and play Eb Melodic Minor from C to C.

Chord type: Cmaj7 +5

Think down a minor third and play A melodic minor from C to C.

Chord type: C13(+11)

Think up a fifth and play G melodic minor from C to C. This would also be known as the “C” Lydian Dominant scale.