Sunday, August 14, 2005

Harmonic Minor Scale

Striving to break out of the Major Mode soloing mentality, I've recently discovered the Harmonic Minor sound. I can't seem to memorize new scales; I need to understand them in relation to already learned scales, thus I found the To Harmonic and Melodic page rather insightful.

Now I view the the Minor (Aeolian) Scale as an extension of the Minor Pentatonic Scale, and the Harmonic Scale as a perturbation of the Aeolian Scale. Although I have yet to tackle the applicability of this new scale, I find its sound rather charming and exotic, much like the Hirojoshi scale.

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