Guitar Lesson: Learn to Play The Harmonic Minor Scale

The Harmonic Minor Scale

The harmonic minor scale is a really fun scale, used in classical music, jazz, and neo-classical shred metal.
You get a harmonic minor scale when you raise the 7th in an Aeolian scale. As such, this scale has an augmented 2nd interval between the b6 and 7th note.

The scale has three half steps

1) 2-b3
2) 5-b6
3) 7-8

The structure of the scale is

1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7

When you start that formula on note A, you get the notes: A B C D E F G# A

Here are all 7 fingerings of a C harmonic minor scale.

Next week we’ll discuss the triads in the harmonic minor scale.


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