So Harmonic Minor Scales huh?

October 30, 2015

Last week, I introduced minor scales in its true form — natural so today we’re going to take on harmonic minor This is probably my favorite scale …. it has...

Last week, I introduced minor scales in its true form — natural so today we’re going to take on harmonic minor

This is probably my favorite scale …. it has that cool “Arabian Nights” Think Disney’s Aladdin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14NER57Okf8

As well, being Greek Orthodox I often hear this scale used in Byzantine Chant in church — so cool!

So what is the Harmonic Minor Scale?

It’s literally the same as the natural minor except for the 7th note is raised

so what does this mean?

If we’re thinking in A minor …. it’s A B C D E F then we raise the 7th making it G# and then returning to A

so does it have a formula like Major, and natural minor does?

Yes ……

T ST T T ST T+STĀ  ST

https://www.basicmusictheory.com/img/a-harmonic-minor-scale-descending-on-treble-clef.png

And rememberĀ  it’s the same going up and down …. not like the melodic minor which we will be covering next week!

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