20 Min­utes To… Learn the har­monic mi­nor scale

It’s not just for shred! Learn about this ver­sa­tile and ex­otic scale, which has lent its unique flavour to jazz, pop, funk and many more gen­res

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De­spite its rep­u­ta­tion as a sta­ple of neo-clas­si­cal shred, the har­monic mi­nor scale is ac­tu­ally very ver­sa­tile. Take a look at this sim­ple chord pro­gres­sion: Am-em. Easy, right? These are the first and fifth chords in the key of A mi­nor (which in­cludes the notes: A B C D E F G). Now, if you change Em to E you’ll in­tro­duce a G# note. It’s a sim­ple chord change but this lone note changes our scale from A mi­nor to A har­monic mi­nor (A B C DE F G#). Sim­ply jam around these two chords and you’ll be in har­monic mi­nor ter­ri­tory. The Latin vibes of San­tana’s Smooth are a prime ex­am­ple – the track opens on an AM-E pro­gres­sion and Car­los so­los with the A har­monic mi­nor scale. An­other ex­am­ple is New­born by Muse, which opens on Em and B chords. It’s the same pro­gres­sion, just in the key of E mi­nor this time.

Read on, try our chords, riffs and licks, and add a lit­tle of this ex­otic-sound­ing scale to your own play­ing.

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