The diatonic C sharp Harmonic Minor scale begins and concludes on a C# natural note. Although Harmonic Minor scales were initially created to assist with chords, they are also present in melodies. This scale can be found in a diverse range of musical genres, from Mozart to Katy Perry, and even in neo-classical metal.
NOTES ON THE C SHARP HARMONIC MINOR SCALE
The notes of the C sharp harmonic Minor Scale are: C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B#, C#
C SHARP HARMONIC MINOR INTERVALS
The harmonic minor scale is similar to the natural minor scale, except for the seventh degree which is raised by a semitone. This alteration of intervals changes the major 2nd interval between the 6th and 7th notes to an augmented 2nd.
The intervals in the C# Harmonic Minor scale are shown below, but it’s important to note that these intervals remain unchanged for all harmonic minor scales..
C SHARP HARMONIC MINOR MODES
The natural minor scale, also known as the Aeolian mode, can be transformed into the harmonic minor scale by raising the 7th note, which is represented as Aeolian #7. One of the benefits of modes is that they are interconnected. For example, A Aeolian and B Locrian have identical notes, except that B Locrian starts on a B. Similarly, C Ionian has the same notes as A Aeolian and B Locrian, but it begins and concludes on a C.
By following this method, we can create modes for C# Harmonic Minor. The mode names and notes are given below.
HOW TO PLAY THE C SHARP HARMONIC MINOR SCALE
To play the C sharp harmonic minor scale, you can refer to the diagram provided below.
The harmonic minor scale can be played in several position on the guitar. Here is the standard position starting on a G. This shape can be moved up and down the neck to play different harmonic minor scales.
THE KEY SIGNATURE OF THE C SHARP HARMONIC MINOR
When playing the harmonic minor scale, it is typically used in pieces composed in a minor key. For instance, if we play the C# Harmonic Minor scale, our piece will be in the key of C# (natural) Minor. Since C# minor is the relative minor of E major, it has a key signature of four sharps
C SHARP HARMONIC MINOR ON CLEFS
Below is the C sharp harmonic Minor Scale written in the treble clef, bass clef, alto clef and tenor clef including both ascending and descending.
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