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Harmonic Minor Scale Tabs

The harmonic minor scale is similar to the natural minor but with a raised seventh, giving it a very distinctive sound. It's commonly used over the five chord in a minor key where the chord is played as a dominant seventh instead of a minor seventh. For example, in the key of A minor a common chord progression would be Am, G, F, E7. The E is the five chord and would be played as minor if it were to stay strictly in the key but the dominant 7 is often used instead as it resolves better back to the A minor. In this situation you could use the natural minor scale over the first three chords and then switch to harmonic minor over the E7.

1. C harmonic minor scale with the root note on 6th string 8th fret

E||----------------------------------7-8-10-||
B||------------------------------8-9--------||
G||-----------------------7-8-10------------||
D||------------------9-10-------------------||
A||----------8-10-11------------------------||
E||--8-10-11--------------------------------||

2. C harmonic minor scale with the root note on 4th string 10th fret

E||--------------------------------------------10-11-13-||
B||--------------------------------------12-13----------||
G||-----------------------------10-12-13----------------||
D||--------------------10-12-13-------------------------||
A||-----------10-11-14----------------------------------||
E||--10-11-13-------------------------------------------||

3. C harmonic minor scale with the root note on 5th string 15th fret

E||--------------------------------------------11-13-15-||
B||-----------------------------------12-13-15----------||
G||-----------------------------12-13-------------------||
D||--------------------12-13-15-------------------------||
A||-----------11-14-15----------------------------------||
E||--11-13-15-------------------------------------------||

4. C harmonic minor scale with the root note on 5th string 3rd fret

E||------------------------------3-4-7-||
B||------------------------3-4-6-------||
G||--------------------4-5-------------||
D||--------------3-5-6-----------------||
A||--------3-5-6-----------------------||
E||--3-4-7-----------------------------||

5. C harmonic minor scale with the root note on 6th string 8th fret

E||------------------------------4-7-8-||
B||------------------------4-6-8-------||
G||------------------4-5-7-------------||
D||--------------5-6-------------------||
A||--------5-6-8-----------------------||
E||--4-7-8-----------------------------||