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Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by Morf2540, Dec 20, 2020.
He grew up in America? Always knew Dick looked a little Peruvian.
I'll often imply a harmonic minor scale using dominant7b9 chord tones, but rarely use the whole harmonic minor scale because it has such a distinct sound.
I like to think of HM as a variation on minor scale harmony. The scale was originally created in order to facilitate stronger v-i resolutions. The V chord in the harmonized natural minor scale is a minor seventh chord. The V chord in the harmonized harmonic minor scale, by contrast, is a dominant seventh chord. How does this make a practical difference? Compare the following two v-i cadences: Emi7 - Ami (natural minor) and E7 to Ami (harmonic minor.) The E7 chord contains the leading tone (G#) which resolves to the tonic (A) by a half step, whereas the Emi7 (from natural minor) does not (the 'G' in Emi7 results in a whole step resolution to the tonic of Ami.) The half step resolution creates a stronger "pull" toward the root of the Ami chord.
Grab your axe, play both cadences and hear for yourself.
In practice, I find I use harmonic minor most often when improvising over ii-V-i cadences.
Here's my take:
they were like, "hey, i dont like how the v resolves to the i, so im breaking the rules".
It seems simple to me. I use it when I’m playing a V7 and don’t when I’m playing Vm7.