Harmonic Minors


As we’ve previously discussed, scales and arpeggios are essential to learning how to get around the piano. Improving your technique and stamina, I could not recommend them highly enough- although, it’s safe to safe I hated them when I was learning!

In this lesson, we will start to learn the difference between major and minor keys, as well as learning some new scales.

In it’s most simple form;

  • Major keys sound happy

  • Minor keys sound sad

There are many, many, many explanations on the internet into the structure and depth of why minor keys are different to major, but I think it’s best to keep it simple. See below, some new scales for you to practice!

A Harmonic Minor:

Source: http://www.learn-piano.org/harmonic-minor-scale.htm

C Harmonic Minor:

Source: http://www.learn-piano.org/harmonic-minor-scale.htm

D Harmonic Minor:

Source: http://www.learn-piano.org/harmonic-minor-scale.htm

E Harmonic Minor:

Source: http://www.learn-piano.org/harmonic-minor-scale.htm

You might have noticed all of the minor scales above have the word ‘harmonic’ associated with them. Officially, this means that the 7th note is raised from the melodic. However, I find harmonic scales pretty tricky as they are different on the way back down to how they were on the way up. So, let’s just start with harmonic.

 

As ever, please post any comments or questions you might have after reading this short posting, I’d only be happy to help!

P.s. the ♮ symbol is called a natural- just play the note labelled above

 

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