Harmonic minor scale

Discussion in 'Tab & Music Forum' started by Morf2540, Dec 20, 2020.

Do you use the harmonic minor scale?

  1. Yes of course, all the time.

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  2. I know it, but rarely use it.

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  3. What? You mean play the harmonica?

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  1. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    He grew up in America? Always knew Dick looked a little Peruvian.
     
  2. Jasco

    Jasco Strat-Talker

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    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.
     
  3. Tucker McElroy

    Tucker McElroy Strat-Talk Member

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    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.
     
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  4. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    This.
     
  5. Hoodster

    Hoodster Strat-Talk Member

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    Here's my take:

     
  6. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    definitely this.
    they were like, "hey, i dont like how the v resolves to the i, so im breaking the rules".
     
  7. Kerry Brown

    Kerry Brown Strat-O-Master

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    It seems simple to me. I use it when I’m playing a V7 and don’t when I’m playing Vm7.