The F Harmonic Minor scale is a diatonic musical scale that commences and concludes on F natural. Although Harmonic Minor scales were originally developed to aid in the creation of chords, they are also used in melodies. This scale is present in a diverse range of music genres, including compositions by Mozart, Katy Perry, and neo-classical metal.
NOTES ON THE F HARMONIC MINOR SCALE
The notes of the F Harmonic Minor Scale are: F, G, Ab, Bb, C, Db, E, F
F HARMONIC MINOR INTERVALS
The harmonic minor scale is almost identical to the natural minor scale, with the exception of a raised 7th degree by a semitone. This alteration transforms the major 2nd interval between the 6th and 7th notes into an augmented 2nd. The intervals for the F Harmonic Minor scale are illustrated below, and it’s important to note that these intervals remain unchanged for all harmonic minor scales.
F HARMONIC MINOR MODES
The natural minor scale is identical to the Aeolian mode. Therefore, raising the 7th note of the Aeolian mode results in the harmonic minor scale, which is represented as Aeolian #7. The beauty of modes is that they are all interconnected. For instance, A Aeolian and B Locrian share the same notes, with the exception that B Locrian begins on a B. Similarly, C Ionian has the same notes as well, but it starts and concludes on a C. By applying this approach, we can create modes for F Harmonic Minor. The mode names and notes are listed below.
HOW TO PLAY THE F HARMONIC MINOR SCALE
To play the F 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 F. This shape can be moved up and down the neck to play different harmonic minor scales.
THE KEY SIGNATURE OF THE F HARMONIC MINOR
Pieces in a minor key typically feature the harmonic minor scale. Therefore, if we utilize the F Harmonic Minor scale, our piece will be in the key of F (natural) Minor. Since F minor is the relative minor of Ab major, it has a key signature with four flats.
F HARMONIC MINOR ON CLEFS
Below is the F Harmonic Minor Scale written in the treble clef, bass clef, alto clef and tenor clef including both ascending and descending.
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