Dansm's Guitar Scale Lessons
The Harmonic Minor Scale
The minor scale appears frequently in popular music. There are actually three different minor scales: natural, harmonic, and melodic. These three scales differ slightly in their pattern of half and whole steps. All three minor scales have seven different notes and therefore have seven modes. The harmonic minor has the same pattern as the natural minor scale, but the seventh is raised a half step. This leaves a half step leading tone between the seventh and the tonic, which sounds a lot better than the whole step which appears in the natural minor scale. The names and formations of the modes are found on the pages below. Once you learn how to form each mode, you can put it all together so you know where every note in the scale is on the fretboard. This is probably the most powerful use of scales. Make sure to go through these pages in order, because they build on each other. Good luck, remember to have fun, and keep playin' ! If you have any questions, e-mail me!
My Scale Notation
how to read all my scale charts

Which Scales Should I Learn?
this page outlines the important scales for a few main genres of music

Half and Whole Steps
information necessary for learning scales

What Are Modes?
a definition of modes for guitarists

Playing Scales: Fretting and Picking
get the most out of your hands while playing scales

Information on Keys
how do you know what key a song is in? check out this page for help

Which Scales Can I Play?
you have a chord progression in G, but what scales and what modes can you play over it?

Learning Scales
scales don't have to be boring; here are some suggestions so you learn them, not learn to hate them

Translating Scales and Modes Into Any Key
I showed you the modes in G or Em, so learn how to play them in ANY key

Minor Scales
how to make learning minor scales easier: the relatedness of major and minor scales
The Harmonic Minor Scale
pattern of half, whole, and 1 steps
The First Mode

The Second Mode

The Third Mode

The Fourth Mode

The Fifth Mode

The Sixth Mode

The Seventh Mode
The Harmonic Minor Key
putting it all together

Harmonic Minor RealAudio Chord Progressions
practice soloing with the harmonic minor scale using these RA files
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