MUSIC THEORY: The Harmonic Minor Scale

Published on 23 February 2016
DONATIONS: /donations.php"> /donations.php MORE LESSONS: LESSON HANDOUTS /TABS: lessons/guitar_theory/harmonic_minor.php Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question... Q: I am a new subscriber and your lessons are helping me a lot... I cannot thank you enough! My question is, Can you please cover the Harmonic Minor Scale. I keep hearing about how it is so widely used but after playing it, I cannot seem to get it to sound good over anything. I mostly would like to know where and when I am supposed to be using it. My favorite style of music is the contemporary jazz style. I purchased your album off of your web site and I'm sure that I hear you use it in your music. By the way I love your album. Hope you make another one soon. Thanks, Zack Paris, France _______________________________________ THE HARMONIC MINOR SCALE: This scale is a form of Minor which contains a raised seventh degree. The raised seventh offers a leading tone for strong resolution toward the scales tonic. This makes resolutions occur with far greater pull than is possible with the Natural Minor scale. The video explains the scales' basic structure and design. Viewers are shown two fingerboard patterns off of sixth and fifth strings. Then, there is a thorough explanation of the harmony and how chords can be used in progressions to utilize the sound of Harmonic Minor. The complete lesson article for this video, (along with an MP3 audio jam track of the progression heard at the start of the video), is available on the Creative Guitar Studio website. Just follow the link below: lessons/guitar_theory/harmonic_minor.php The "Chord Families Video Lesson" that was mentioned can be watched by following the link below: ____________________________________ Andrew's Official Q & A Guitar Blog Website: Andrew's "Video GuitarBlog" YouTube Channel: The Creative Guitar Studio Website: Follow Andrew on Blogspot: Follow on Twitter for new lesson announcements: MySpace: Facebook: _____________________________________