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Watch the Harmonic Minor: Level 3 online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Gym: Triad Chord Scales - Harmonic Minor

This Level 2 Workout Group is played on the 4-3-2 string set. Workout #1A starts with a root position C minor triad. The first two bars will play through Cycle 3 to the next Cm chord type as dictated by Cycle 3 voice leading - in this case Cm/G. From the Cm/G the chord scale will be played in reverse thus producing Cycle 6 returning you to the starting root position C minor triad in the next two bars completing the first half of the Workout. The second half starts on the same root position Cm and plays through Cycle 6 to the next Cm chord type as dictated by Cycle 6 voice leading - in this case C/Eb. From the C/Eb the chord scale will be played in reverse thus producing Cycle 3 once again returning you to the starting root position C minor triad completing the Workout.

Workout #2B starts with a C/Eb in Cycle 3 that makes its way to a root position C minor triad and then reverses the chord scale in Cycle 6 in the first two bars. The last two bars start on the same C/Eb and play through Cycle 6 to Cm/G and then return to C/Eb in Cycle 3.

Workout #2C starts with a Cm/G in Cycle 3 that makes its way to C/Eb and then reverses the chord scale in Cycle 6 in the first two bars. The last two bars start on the same Cm/G and play through Cycle 6 to a root position C minor triad and then return to Cm/G in Cycle 3.

The final Workout #2D is where it all comes together. Starting once again with a root position C minor triad you'll play a non-stop Cycle 3 through all 21 possible chords in the first three bars. That means you're playing all three versions of each chord (root position, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion) in a heptatonic-based chord scale - pretty cool, right?! Even better is in the next three bars you'll do it again in reverse playing a non-stop Cycle 6 through all 21 possible chords.

As you play through all four Workouts watch for both Cycle 3 and Cycle 6 voice leading patterns. They are:

Cycle 3 = Root position - 2nd inversion - 1st inversion - root position, etc.
Cycle 6 = Root position - 1st inversion - 2nd inversion - root position, etc.

Taking your observation to the next level watch for the each Cycle's voice or melodic strand pattern:

Cycle 3 = Root - 5th - 3rd - root, etc.
Cycle 6 = Root - 3rd - 5th - root, etc.

Take note: Cycle 3 descends pitch-wise, but ascends in chord order justifying Chordal Gravity.

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Tempo range: 94bpm-97bpm
Repetitions: 5 reps