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Watch the Harmonic Minor online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Modes That Matter

When you think surf music and what scale sounds to use you’re first instinct may be something of a major type: Ionian and Mixolydian. I mean, c’mon, it’s surf music--good times! On the contrary, upon examining choice melodies of surf standards you’ll find minor is actually often the raison d’etre. Once again it’s all about the phrasing, but part of that too is all about the fingering. What one player sees as the best fingering for getting the right feel to play the right melody may not work for you. Feel free to make use of whatever fingering works for you from the course PDF chart of fingerings and beyond. That said, when it comes to a fingering choice that is sure to work for playing harmonic minor over a surf vibe, be sure to give ample time to attacking a single string approach with a focus on the lower string set.