The Harmonic Major Scale

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The Harmonic Major Scale .

The harmonic major scale is a major scale with a lower 6th.

The formula of the scale is 1 2 3 4 5 b6 7 8

Notice the step and a half (3-fret) distance between the 6th and 7th note.

Attaching note names to that formula in the key of C, gives you: C D E F G Ab B C

The 7 chords (triads) in this scale are: C Ddim Em Fm G Abaug Bdim
7th chords: Cmaj7 Dm7b5 Em7 Fmmaj7 G7 Abmaj7#5 Bdim7

A really good way to practice any scale is one string at a time.
It’s much easier to understand a scale’s structure when you see a scale mapped out on 1 string.
Following graphic shows the C harmonic major scale on every string.


Once you familiarize yourself with the above, you’re ready to start learning the in-position scale fingerings for the C harmonic major scale.
Following graphic shows the 7 fingerings.


The names of the 7 modes of harmonic major scale are:

  1. C harmonic major
  2. D Dorian b5
  3. E Phrygian b4 E Mixo b9#9b13 scale)
  4. F Lydian b3
  5. G Mixolydian b9
  6. Ab Lydian #5#9
  7. B Locrian bb7

While the name Phrygian, conform the major scale modes, is usually preferred for the 3rd mode: E Phrygian b4 is also an E Mixolydian b9#9b13 scale.

F Lydian b3 is also an F melodic minor #11 scale.

You can hear the sound of the scale in the following video

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