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Modes Of The Harmonic Minor Scale

Modes Of The Harmonic Minor Scale Guitar Tabs

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Modes Of The Harmonic Minor Scale Guitar Tabs – Misc Scales

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Harmonic Minor and its Modes

Basically the same as the natural minor scale only you raise
the seventh degree of the scale.

Although slightly unconventional, I favour diagonal, 2 octave
box shapes for illustrating and playing scales. I have shown
then starting on the 6th and 5th strings. The tabbed examples
may not match up to the box pattern but they are the same scales
I promise/hope! You may want to adopt your own fingering for
playing these scales.

"R" refers to the root note of the scale.i.e. if you wanted to
play a C harmonic minor scale you would start the shape at the 
8th fret of the bottom string.

The modes of the harmonic minor scale have no common names so
I have simply referred to them as Mode (HM), HM being an acronym
for 'harmonic minor'. If you know any accepted names for these
scales then please post a comment, i.e '"Phrygian (HM)" is often
referred to as "Phrygian Dominant"'.

Just a little warning - most of these won't sound nice and are
very rarely used in music apart from Aeolian(HM) (classical
minor tonality - i.e Bach) or Phrygian(HM) (a Spanish flavour).

"R" refers to the root note of the scale. So if you wanted to
play a C harmonic minor scale you would start the shape the 8th
fret of the bottom string.

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Aeolian (HM)

Probably the most commonly used of all these modes, this is the
basic harmonic minor scale. Its just Aeolian mode with a sharp
seventh.

|---|---|---|---|---|---|   |---|---|---|---|-0-|-R-|---|
|---|---|---|---|-0-|-R-|   |---|---|---|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|
|---|---|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|   |---|-0-|-R-|---|-0-|-0-|---|
|---|-0-|-R-|---|-0-|-0-|   |-0-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|---|
|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|   |-R-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|---|
|-R-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|   |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Example: E Aeolian (HM)

|-----------------------------0-|------------------------------11-12-|
|-----------------------0-1-4---|----------------------10-12-13------|
|-------------------0-2---------|-------------8-9-11-12--------------|
|-------------1-2-4-------------|-------7-9-10-----------------------|
|-------0-2-3-------------------|-7-9-10-----------------------------|
|-0-2-3-------------------------|------------------------------------|

 E F# G A B C D# E
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Locrian (HM)

A (pretty much) useless scale but with a sharpened sixth. Still
pretty useless. Like in any other list of modes, it's only here 
for completeness.

|---|---|---|---|---|---|   |---|---|-0-|-0-|---|-R-|---|
|---|---|-0-|-0-|---|-R-|   |---|---|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|
|---|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|   |-0-|---|-R-|-0-|---|-0-|---|
|-0-|---|-R-|-0-|---|-0-|   |-0-|-0-|---|---|-0-|---|---|
|-0-|-0-|---|---|-0-|---|   |-R-|-0-|---|-0-|---|---|---|
|-R-|-0-|---|-0-|---|---|   |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Example: E Locrian (HM)

|-----------------------------0-|------------------------------10-12-|
|-------------------------1-4---|----------------------9-11-13-------|
|-------------------0-1-3-------|-------------7-9-10-12--------------|
|-------------0-2-3-------------|-------6-8-10-----------------------|
|---------1-3-------------------|-7-8-10-----------------------------|
|-0-1-3-4-----------------------|------------------------------------|

 E F G Ab Bb C D E

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Ionian (HM)

A major scale with a sharpened, or augmented, 5th. Try playing it
over I+,IV+ or V#+ chords (notes:I-IV-V#).
 
|---|---|---|---|---|---|   |---|---|-0-|---|-0-|-R-|---|
|---|-0-|-0-|---|-0-|-R-|   |---|---|---|-0-|---|---|-0-|
|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|---|   |---|-0-|-R-|---|-0-|---|-0-|
|---|-0-|-R-|---|-0-|---|   |-0-|---|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|
|-0-|---|---|-0-|-0-|---|   |-R-|---|-0-|---|-0-|---|---|
|-R-|---|-0-|---|-0-|---|   |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Example: E Ionian (HM)

|-----------------------------0-|----------------------------9-11-12-|
|-----------------------1-2-4---|----------------------10-13---------|
|-------------------1-2---------|---------------8-9-11---------------|
|-------------1-2-4-------------|-------7-10-11----------------------|
|-------0-3-4-------------------|-7-9-11-----------------------------|
|-0-2-4-------------------------|------------------------------------|

 E F# G# A B# C# D# E

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Dorian (HM)

The Dorian scale with a sharpened fourth is sometimes referred to as
the Romanian Minor.

|---|---|---|---|---|---|   |---|---|-0-|-0-|---|-R-|---|
|---|---|-0-|-0-|---|-R-|   |---|---|---|---|-0-|---|-0-|
|---|---|---|-0-|---|-0-|   |---|---|-R-|---|-0-|-0-|---|
|---|---|-R-|---|-0-|-0-|   |---|-0-|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|---|
|---|-0-|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|   |-R-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|---|
|-R-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|   |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Example: E Dorian (HM)

|-----------------------------0-|----------------------------9-10-12-|
|-----------------------0-2-3---|----------------------11-12---------|
|-------------------0-3---------|---------------7-9-11---------------|
|-------------0-2-4-------------|-------8-9-11-----------------------|
|-------1-2-4-------------------|-7-9-10-----------------------------|
|-0-2-3-------------------------|------------------------------------|

 E F# G A# B C# D E

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Phrygian (HM)

The major third brightens this typically minor-type mode. 

|---|---|---|---|---|---|   |---|---|---|-0-|---|-R-|---|
|---|---|-0-|-0-|---|-R-|   |---|---|---|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|
|---|---|---|-0-|---|-0-|   |-0-|---|-R-|-0-|---|---|-0-|
|---|---|-R-|---|-0-|-0-|   |-0-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|---|
|---|-0-|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|   |-R-|-0-|---|---|-0-|---|---|
|-R-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|   |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Example: E Phrygian (HM)

|-----------------------------0-|------------------------------10-12-|
|-----------------------0-1-3---|----------------------10-12-13------|
|-------------------1-2---------|-------------7-9-10-13--------------|
|-------------0-2-3-------------|-----6-7-9-10-----------------------|
|-------0-2-3-------------------|-7-8--------------------------------|
|-0-1-4-------------------------|------------------------------------|

 E F G# A B C D E

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Lydian (HM)

First interval is a minor third, turning this usually major-type mode
right on it'd head.

|---|---|---|---|---|---|   |---|---|-0-|---|-0-|-R-|
|---|---|-0-|---|-0-|-R-|   |---|---|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|
|---|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|---|   |---|-0-|-R-|---|---|-0-|
|---|-0-|-R-|---|---|-0-|   |---|-0-|-0-|---|-0-|---|
|---|-0-|-0-|---|-0-|---|   |-R-|---|---|-0-|-0-|---|
|-R-|---|---|-0-|-0-|---|   |---|---|---|---|---|---|

Example: Fb Lydian (HM)

|-----------------------------0-|----------------------------9-11-12-|
|-----------------------0-2-4---|---------------------9-11-12--------|
|-----------------0-1-3---------|---------------8-9-12---------------|
|-------------1-2---------------|---------8-9-11---------------------|
|-------1-2-4-------------------|-7-10-11----------------------------|
|-0-3-4-------------------------|------------------------------------|

 Fb G Ab Bb Cb Db Eb Fb

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Mixolydian (HM)

Very unusual sound since the root note of the scale has been
sharpened.

|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|   |---|---|-0-|-0-|---|-R-|---|
|---|---|---|---|---|-R-|---|   |---|---|---|---|-0-|---|-0-|
|---|---|---|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|   |---|---|-R-|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|
|---|---|-R-|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|   |---|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|
|---|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|   |-R-|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|
|-R-|-0-|---|-0-|-0-|---|---|   |---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Example: E# Mixolydian (HM)

|-----------------------------1-|----------------------------9-10-13-|
|-----------------------0-2-3---|--------------------9-10-12---------|
|-------------------1-2---------|-------------7-10-11----------------|
|-------------0-3-4-------------|-------7-9-11-----------------------|
|-------0-2-4-------------------|-8-9-11-----------------------------|
|-1-2-4-------------------------|------------------------------------|

 E# F# G# A B C# D E#

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Well, there's a lot there, and chances are you'll only ever use
two or three of them since they are typically a little too angular
to sound nice to our ears.

Regardless, I hope that this is useful for study or if you've
reached a dead end in your playing and want to try a different
approach, or simply if you want to sound like a smart-arse at your
local jam nights.

Thanks a lot, MikeOfTheChimps.





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