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The Harmonic Minor Scale
Topic: Theory Subtopic: General Level: Beginner Number of Readers: 73146

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The Harmonic Minor Scale

A new scale will be shown in this lesson, and that's all that will be shown in this lesson. The scale is called the harmonic minor scale, and it will become important in further lessons. Here is a harmonic minor scale, starting on A:

A B C D E F   G# A
 t s t t s t+s  s

The interval structure is shown below the notes of the scale. You'll notice something different about this interval structure: the t+s. All this means is that the distance between F and G# is a tone plus a semitone, or three semitones.

As we know, we can apply this interval structure to any note we wish to start on. Example:

E F# G A B C   D# E
 t  s t t s t+s  s

We start with E, and move up a tone to F#, then up a semitone to G and so on. Int this way, the E harmonic scale has been built.

Things to remember from this lesson:

1. The interval structure of the harmonic scale is t,s,t,t,s,t+s,s
2. t+s is equal to 3 semitones.
3. Just like all other types of scales, the harmonic scale can be built on any note.



Questions
Question posted by KEVIN on 1999-12-28
I understand these scales, but when and where can they be used appropriately? I am basically a rhythm guitarist, but I want to know what scales to use over what scales. I know it is an impossible question to answer, but any direction will be appreciated......great lessons..
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Question posted by Alessandro on 2000-09-10
I would like to know about the minor sistem chords
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Question posted by bree on 2000-12-09
Im learning to play the the song Angel Standing By by Jewel and it says to play it harmonic, how do i do that? and what strings do i strum?
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Question posted by ME on 2001-06-19
HOW DO YOU TELL WHAT SCALE IS A MAJOR SCALE AND WHAT SCALE IS A MINOR SCALE
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Question posted by Luis on 2001-07-06
Hi, is me again. I wanted to ask about certain notes i found on a gene song, it goes (F#min - G#min - AMaj - BMaj), i completed a Tria Maj scale, starting with A - C# - E, one of the examples. And working my way down, i saw this notes (the ones in the phrases), but i want to know how u combine minors and majors to make them to scales.? thnx
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Question posted by eric on 2002-04-04
ive heard a song w a fast scale in the end of the lead guitar....how can i work out w that scale...by just hearing from it...what scale would i apply, if it was played through Gmajor or something different...how will i know if it was a dorian scale or major scale????????
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Question posted by pepe on 2002-05-19
che conoces a steve vai?
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Question posted by Unknown on 2002-11-19
what is the combinition scale of the c minor chords
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