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Harmonic Minor: almost forgotten scale

Frederick Burton (5465) · [archive]
Style: Jazz · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 110
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A new student of mine looked at me with astonishment when I assigned him the Harmonic Minor scale to practice. He claimed that his last teacher told him that this scale was useless and rarely contributed anything as far as a musical tool! Yes folks, I'm sad to announce that these teachers really do exist. This oversight had to be taken care of and explained immediately. Using the "A" Harmonic Minor scale the construction of the scale is as follows: (A-B-C-D-E-F-G#-A) or, whole step, half, whole, whole, half, augmented, and half. This natural minor scale with a raised 7th is prevelent in many ethnic music, ex: Jewish folk music and some mid-eastern music and lends a great wealth of spice to the ear as well as ones playing. The augmented 2nd between the flatted sixth and the raised seventh gives the scale its distinctive sound. We'll now look more in detail at this scale.