Saul Hudson who better known as Slash is the Les Paul brandishing guitarist born in England.

A Guns N Roses Anthology is available; plus a large number of other books from

Guns N Roses anthology cover

Gibson manufacturers a Slash Les Paul both at home in the US and offshore as the Epiphone brand.

Gibson Slash Les Paul

Sweet Child O'Mine - E harmonic minor box shapes

During the first half of the guitar solo from the Guns n Roses classic track Sweet Child O'Mine Slash uses the E harmonic minor scale almost exclusively.

Attached below is a fingerboard diagram showing all the intervals for the E harmonic minor scale.

The black circles are the notes used by Slash for the solo - with the single red circle (minor seventh interval) being the only note that steps outside this scale - used once in bar 4 over the Am chord where it is bent up a whole step (tone) to the E natural.

Sweet Child O'Mine notes

Slash has chosen to use the E harmonic minor scale rather than either the natural minor or the pentatonic minor scales as the chord progression borrows a chord from the harmonised harmonic minor scale.

The tables that follow show the harmonised E natural minor scale followed by the harmonised E harmonic minor scale. The highlighted cells show the Vm - Bm from the natural minor scale and the chord it is substituted by; the V - B ( as the dominant seventh chord B7 - the 4 note chord produced by the harmonic minor scale).

Harmony chart

Slash solos over a four bar chord progression which is repeated four times in total - as follows;

Chord progression

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Long before Slash improvised the solo to Sweet Child O'Mine he had to sit down and LEARN the E harmonic minor scale box shapes

Hence the EDCAG octaves sequence is shown for E natural in the diagram that follows:-

EDCAG octaves E natural

GuitarPro6 E natural octaves

The diagram that follows shows all of the E harmonic minor scale notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and EDCAG octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

EDCAG E harmonic minor notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales/arpeggios as INTERVAL shapes rather than note names - as these are universal to all scales, arpeggios and chords rather than specific to one particular root note - with this in mind the intervals for the E harmonic minor scale are detailed below in the EDCAG octaves manner:-

EDCAG E harmonic minor intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the E harmonic minor scale in the
EDCAG octaves style.

EDCAG octaves - E harmonic minor box shapes

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6Em4Em1 pdf
4Dm2 pdf
5Cm2 pdf
5Am3 pdf
6Gm3Gm1 pdf
6Em4Em1 at 12 pdf

An additional box shape is detailed for the E harmonic minor - as the pattern that is played at fret twelve falls off the edge of the fingerboard - hence the modified fingering shown above. To the right is the box shape complete with gaps.

6Em4Em1 gaps pdf

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  • 6Em4Em1 modified
  • 6Em4Em1 gaps
  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1 at 12

6Em4Em1 modified box

6Em4Em1 box with gaps

4Dm2 box

5Cm2 box

5Am3 box

6Gm3Gm1 box

6Em4Em1 box at 12


Where do we go now?....Zon Brookes

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