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A Harmonic Minor Scale
(For B Harmonic Minor Go Up 2 Frets and Play Over F#)

The notes in an A Harmonic Minor Scale are (start on 6th string 5th fret) A B C D E F G# A. 
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It is a natural minor scale with the 7th raised a half step (one fret) from G to G#.

You can listen to Burt play a classical song that uses this Harmonic Minor scale. 

The title is Mood For a Day. Click Here to listen.

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Try playing the A Harmonic Minor Scal over an E Major chord for a Rock, Middle East, Classical  feel and sound. 

An easy way to get used to the feel and sounds is to play it like this.  Strum an E chord a few times to let your ear adjust to the "key".  Then play: 

  • A B C on 6th string starting at 5th fret, then 7th, and 8th frets
  • D E F on 5th string starting at 5th fret, then 7th and 8th frets 
  • G# A on 4th string, starting at 6th fret, then the 7th fret, and keep it going with (the G# is the note that adds the feel to this one, it may sound odd or off at first but keep playing until your ear adjusts)
  • B C D on 3rd string, starting at 4th fret, then the 5th and 7th frets
  • E F G# on 2nd string (G# is a finger stretch here),  starting at 5th fret, then the 6th and 9th frets
  • and finish on the A note 1st string (5th fret).  You can continue on to the 7th and 8th frets because we are on an E string, and they were played on the E 6th string, if you get the picture.  There lots of other fingerings, for now get used to the sound and this fingering.  Then jam on! 
Speaking of letting your "ear" adjust.  Always trust your ear.  If something does not sound right, it probably isn't, but when learning something new, try it a few times before you decide it is not right.

Try out a Natural Minor Scale after you get used to this (Also known as the Aeolian Mode).  One of Burt's favorites! 
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Go to  Burt's Profile to learn more about his guitar playing and teaching background. 
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Click for a partial song list.  Click for a Minor Pentatonic Guitar Scale.

Click for a Major Pentatonic Guitar Scale.

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