Minor scales are commonly used in music to create a sense of tension and emotion, thanks to their dark and mysterious sound. However, these scales can be confusing as there are three different types. In this post, we will explore the harmonic forms of the A minor scale. If you are interested in learning more about the A harmonic minor scale, let’s get started!
NOTES ON THE A HARMONIC MINOR SCALE
The A Harmonic Minor scale is a musical scale consisting of seven notes that starts and ends on A natural. The main purpose of creating Harmonic Minor scales is to assist with chords, but they are also used in melodies. This scale is widely used across various genres of music, ranging from classical composers like Mozart to modern-day pop stars like Katy Perry and even in neo-classical metal. The notes that make up the A Harmonic Minor Scale are: A, B, C, D, E, F, G#, and A.
THE A HARMONIC MINOR SCALE INTERVALS
The harmonic minor scale is similar to the natural minor scale, with the exception of a raised 7th degree by one semitone. This alteration changes the major 2nd interval between the 6th and 7th notes to an augmented 2nd. The intervals in the A Harmonic Minor scale can be observed below. It’s important to note that this pattern applies to all harmonic minor scales.
HOW TO PLAY THE A HARMONIC MINOR SCALE
You can use the diagram below to play the A harmonic minor scale with the right hand and left hand
The harmonic minor scale can be played in several position on the guitar.
THE KEY SIGNATURE OF A HARMONIC MINOR SCALE
Typically, the harmonic minor scale is used in compositions that are in a minor key. Therefore, if A Harmonic Minor is being played, the piece will be in the key of A (natural) Minor. Since A minor is the relative minor of C major, its key signature has no sharps or flats.
A HARMONIC MINOR IN DIFFERENT CLEFS
Below is the A Harmonic Minor Scale written in the treble clef, bass clef, alto clef and tenor clef including both ascending and descending.
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