Harmonic Minor

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moto_psycho
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In every description on the harmonic minor it has said to create it you raise the 7th a half step. I recently purchased a book "Guitar Grimoire - modes and scales" and it says you flat the 3rd and 6th. Is there 2 ways of writing it?
Roger
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You can either think of it as a minor scale with a raised 7th or a major scale with a flatted 3rd and 6th.

harmonic minor: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7
major: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
minor: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
shader
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the 2nd way is just stupid and confusing. think of it as a minor with a raised 7th
jmchambers5
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unless of course you only want to learn one scale, then do the second way.
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Ricardo
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Recognize why both ways are correct, and then learn how the scale relates to the key signature (harmonic minor has an accidental). Once you get the key signature, you don't need the numbers or which easier scale is most similar. You just understand what are the notes.

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Roger is absolutly right. The reason why there are 2 is because in certain arrangments the key sig is a certain way so to stay with a formula it's either major or minor.

I leave it a minor all the time even if I'm wrong sometimes.
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If you want to be all technical then harmonic minor is a minor scale with a raised seventh. It's chief purpose is to creat a leading tone in the third of the 5 chord in a minor key, so it's related to minor, not major. It is music though, and however you want to think about it is fine, because as long as the sound is there, who cares? The rest is just labels so you can communicate sound to someone else.
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My guitar teacher told me that you can just play it straight over any minor chords but it just doesn't sound right to my ear. If somebody could tell me some good progressions to play the scale over that would be great!
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easy...

i V or i V7

eg, A harmonic minor alternate between Am and E or E7 chords
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