Learn Guitar Scales: The Harmonic Minor Scale

by Helmut Eder

The Harmonic minor scale is an important scale to learn because as the name implies, mastery of this scale will enable us to accurately analyze many of the more complex chord progressions and help us identify subtle key-of-the-moment sections in popular styles of music. Previously we have discussed the natural minor scale (Aeolian mode) and found that although the Aeolian mode is an extremely useful scale that can help us create many different moods and textures the mode itself does not produce any new chord structures i, e., the Aeolian mode produces the exact same chordal structures as it’s related major scale.

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