Watch the Harmonic Minor Play-along online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Modern Method for Guitar

In this play-along we play the harmonic minor scale around the cycle of fourths starting in the key of C minor. Remember that the only difference between the natural minor and harmonic minor is the raised 7th in the harmonic minor. Refer to the video and the notation that follows as a guide, but remember to come up with a different variation every time you play to it.

1. Play the harmonic minor scale as demonstrated in this play-along video and written in the notation that follows.

2. Fingerings and positions do not matter.

3. Vary your fingerings and positions each time you play to this segment.

4. When working with scales remember to internalize the sound in an effort to connect what you have in your ear with your fingers.

5. Strive for a good even tone.

6. Test yourself by thinking what note you are on and what interval it is.

7. Play these scales horizontally as well, using the same approach we used in the previous lessons.

8. Combine the horizontal and vertical approach with the use of jumping off points to move vertically from one string to another as we did previously.