The Well-Understood Fretboard, Vol. 2

Fear the minor scale no longer.

Michael Valeanu


Michael Valeanu returns to Soundslice with the second installment of his Well-Understood Fretboard series. This time, we tackle the minor scale.

As in Volume 1, Michael’s approach to the guitar neck is systematic and thoughtful. He teaches you how to harness the scales, arpeggios, chords and harmonies that occur in the tonalities of natural, harmonic and melodic minor. Rather than commanding you to “simply” memorize fingerings, Michael keeps the lessons in the context of C minor and demonstrates how to slowly and methodically apply his concepts in a musical fashion. You will make music as you learn, regardless of how much of the material you’ve mastered.

Perhaps due to its perceived complexities, the minor scale does not always get the attention it deserves. Thankfully we’ve got Michael to help us break it down and unlock the sonic potential.

69 minutes across 17 parts

Introduction Free
Minor Scale DNA
One-String Improvisation
The Augmented Triad
Minor Scale Triads Free
Cycle of Fourths and Voice Leading
Natural Minor Scale Fingerings
Harmonic Minor Scale Fingerings
Melodic Minor Scale Fingerings
Improvise in Position
Cycle of Fourths and Triads in Position
Arpeggios in Position
Minor Scale 7th Chords
The Diminished 7 Chord
Supplemental Minor 7 Chords
The Augmented Major 7 Chord
New Practice Concepts

About Michael Valeanu

Guitarist Michael Valeanu has an extensive musical background, including studies at the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Conservatory in Paris and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. He has performed at many of the top New York City jazz clubs, along with festivals all over the United States, Europe and Japan.

Michael tours internationally with vocalist Cyrille Aimee, and he co-produced/co-arranged her two albums “Let’s Get Lost” and “It’s A Good Day.”

Michael released his debut album “Tea Time” in 2012. In 2015, he released his second album, “Hard to Cook,” and was a finalist in the Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition. He was born in Paris and lives in New York. Find more at

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