Enhance your leads by fully grasping the harmonic minor scale

by GuitarDomain

In this lesson, I’d like to focus on a scale that is widely used in classical music, gypsy jazz and other styles – harmonic minor.

The degrees of the harmonic minor scale are 1(root), 2, b3 (flatted 3rd), 4, 5, b6 (flatted 6th) and 7 (major 7th). In the key of A minor, the notes are A, B, C, D, E, F, G#. Harmonic minor is very similar to the natural minor scale, also known as the pure minor scale and the Aeolian mode, differing by only one note: in the latter, the 7th is flatted (b7), which in the key of A minor would give us G instead of G# (A natural minor scale: A, B, C, D, E, F, G).

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