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Watch the Harmonic Minor Scale online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

The next scale that we'll look at is the second of our minor scales, the Harmonic Minor scale. This scale is commonly associated with minor keys and progressions. It's very similar to the Natural Minor scale (Aeolian mode), the difference being that we bring in the true leading tone to this scale. When this happens, we get a very exotic sound out of the scale that is noteworthy, and we're also able to have our V chord turn into a dominant 7th chord.

In this lesson, I'm going to show you a two octave fingering along with the arpeggio for the parent chord of the scale. In doing so, you'll be able to start to bring this scale into your minor improvisations.