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post Aug 7 2006, 08:52 PM
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I have a question about flamenco theory. I know that if your play an E progression you use A harmonic minor scale to solo over it to make it sound spanishy. Now why is this? And if i had a A progression would i use D harmonic minor scale to solo over it?
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post Aug 8 2006, 08:40 AM
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If we take the normal modes, the Phrygian mode is the one that sounds "Spanishy". E Phrygian has the notes E, F, G, A, B, C, D. A natural minor contains the same notes A, B, C, D, E, F, G. No sharps or flats.

Here's the important bit. The note "G" in E Phrygian means that it is a minor scale. There are also some other features of the scale that makes it sound "spanish". E-F, is a semitone at the start of the scale, this is unusual to our ears. B-C is a minor 6th, which makes it sound minor, and D-E, outlines a minor 7th, which again is minor.

When we take A harmonic minor A, B, C, D, E, F, G#, and use it in the context of E -- E, F, G#, A, B, C, D. This has all the traits of E Phrygian, it sounds minor, but the G# makes it a major scale. So when we are listening to the notes, we hear a load of minor tonalities, and then suddenly, once you land on a G#, it flips in your head to a major, which makes it stand out so much.

And yes, if you use D harmonic minor over A, you will get exactly the same.

I hope I'm not making this worse by making it more confusing!!

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