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Getting to Know the …Harmonic Minor Scale Modes

The harmonic minor scale modes will give you 7 more modes for improvising. Once again these are not just for Jazz players. Find the ones that you like and experiment with them.

The one advantage that a Jazz guitarist has over most other players is they always know what chord they are on and what scales they can use making lead work a lot more logical and better sounding.

You don’t have to play Jazz to think like a Jazz guitarist.

These names come from the major scale modes. They are variations of the mojor modes.

This is a way of making them easier to remember.

These names come from the Greek language because they named these modes a long time ago. There are also Greek islands with these names.

Harmonic Minor Scale

This is the main scale. It doesn’t have a mode name like the others

This scale is good for minor and altered dominants. I like this scale the best out of all the minor scales for its unique sound.

Each mode has a link to go into more detail for the individual mode.

Harmonic Minor Scale

Locrian ♯6 Mode

This one is built from the 2nd note of the harmonic minor scale and is good for minor7♭5 chords also called half diminished starting on the root.

It can also be used for minor 6th and dominant 9th chords.

Locrian ♯6 Mode

Ionian ♯5 Mode

This one is built from the 3rd note of the harmonic minor scale and is good for Maj7♯5 chords starting on the root.

Ionian ♯5 Mode

Dorian ♯4 Mode

This mode is good for improvising over minor chords.

Dorian ♯4 Mode

Phrygian Dominant Mode

This mode is good for dominant 7th chords plus altered forms

Phrygian Dominant Mode

Lydian ♯2 Mode

This mode is good for using with major 7th chords

Lydian ♯2 Mode

Harmonic Minor 7th Mode

This mode doesn’t get a special name like the others but it’s good for improvising over diminished 7th chords.

Harmonic Scale 7th Mode

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