Part 2 - Melody

The Minor Scales

c) Harmonic Minor Scale

The harmonic minor scale differs from the natural minor scale in that it has a raised 7th note. This gives it a kind of Eastern or Arabic sound. The step pattern is therefore:

So, in the key of A, we get:

On the guitar, we could play it on the G string (3rd string) like this:

Listen

Since it is not entirely functional to play a scale on a single string, we can find the notes of this scale across all strings, as follows:

Fingering for Root Note on 5th String:

This pattern can be used when the root note of the natural minor scale falls anywhere on the 5th string.

Fingering for Root Note on 6th String:

This pattern can be used when the root note of the natural minor scale falls anywhere on the 6th string.

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