7 Modes of Harmonic Minor in 7 Keys

by Guido Bungenstock

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  • Hi Guys,

    Welcome to my lesson No. 49

    I strongly suggest before you start with this new lesson, take a look into my previous lessons
    to understand the Modes and how to work with them!

    Im my lesson 35 I presented the 7 Modes of the C Major scale
    >>> https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/7-Modes-in-7-Keys <<<

    Im my lesson 47 I presented the 7 Modes of the C Melodic minor scale
    >>> https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/7-Modes-of-melodic-Minor-in-7-Keys <<<



    Now let's take the modes of the Harmonic Minor scale
    To name the new scales we take the usual names of the modes and just add flats (b) or/and sharps (#) like we already did
    with The Melodic minor scale.

    The 7 Modes of the C Harmonic Minor scale are:

    I. C Harmonic Minor
    Intervals:
    1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, 7
    Chord:
    Cm(Maj7)

    II. D Locrian nat2
    Intervals:
    1, b2, 3, 4, b5, nat6, b7
    Chord:
    Dm7b5

    III. Eb Ionian #5
    Intervals:
    1, 2, 3, #4, #5, 6, 7
    Chord:
    EbMaj7#5

    IV. F Dorian #4
    Intervals:
    1, 2, b3, #4, 5, 6, b7
    Chord:
    Fm79

    V. G Phrygian Dominant
    Intervals:
    1, b2, 3, 4, 5, b6, b7
    Chord:
    G7b9

    VI: Ab Lydian #2
    Intervals:
    1, #2, 3, #4, 5, 6, 7
    Chord:
    AbMaj7

    VII. B Diminished
    Intervals:
    1, b2, b3, 3, b5, b6, bb7
    Chord:
    G#Dim7

    Instead to do this in just one key, I always kept the bass on a C note PLUS the corresponding chords of each mode. So in another words you'll get 7 different keys and learn to compare each mode individually.
    To give you a better demonstration how different each mode sounds, I made 1 lick for every mode. (7 licks in total)



    I. C Harmonic Minor (C Harmonic Minor) 0:05-0:13
    | Cm(Maj7) | % | % | % |
    Intervals:
    1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, 7

    II. C Dorian b2 (Bb Harmonic Minor) 0:14-0:23
    | Cm7b5| % | % | % |
    Intervals:
    1, b2, 3, 4, b5, nat6, b7


    III. C Ionian #5 (A Harmonic Minor) 0:24-0:32
    | CMaj7#5 | % | % | % |
    Intervals:
    1, 2, 3, #4, #5, 6, 7

    IV. C Dorian #4 (G Harmonic Minor) 0:33-0:42
    | Cm79| % | % | % |
    Intervals:
    1, 2, b3, #4, 5, 6, b7

    V. C Phrygian Dominant (F Harmonic) 0:43-0:51
    | C7b9| % | % | % |
    Intervals:
    1, b2, 3, 4, 5, b6, b7

    VI. C Lydian #2 (E Harmonic Minor) 0:53-1:01
    | CMaj7| % | % | % |
    Intervals:
    1, #2, 3, #4, 5, 6, 7

    VII. C Diminished (E Harmonic Minor) 1:03-1:11
    | C Dim7| % | % | % |
    | Em |
    Intervals:
    1, b2, b3, 3, b5, b6, bb7

    Have fun! ;-)

    Final words

    I tried to transcribe as close as possible. Specially in the Guitar Pro 5 you'll find all this little extras!

    Cheers - Guido

    Technical specifications
    Guitar: Music Man Luke II
    Strings: D'Addario NYXL 009
    Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire PRO 24
    Recording SW: Logic 9, several plugins
    Amp(Only for Monitor): Peavey JSX Top with Marshall 2x12" V30

    Kemper Profiling Amp: Me Boo MV 25

    This profile is available for purchase here:
    http://www.guidorist.com/en/product-category/kemper-amp-profiles/

    Standard tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E
    Tempo: 86 BPM



















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