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Piano Harmonic Minor Scales

  • 20 January 2020
  • Maria

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - images/defaultImage.jpg

 

In contrast to Major Scales, Minor scales come in three patterns:

The harmonic minor scale has the same notes as the natural minor scale, except that the seventh degree is raised by one Semitone (half). This change creates a Major 7th between first degree (Tonic) and the seventh degree (Subtonic in Natural pattern) which becomes Leading Tone in harmonic version. There will be also an augmented second between the sixth and seventh degrees.

The sequence of spaces between the notes of a minor scale is:

Whole(T) - Half(ST) - Whole(T) - Whole(T) - Half(ST) - A2(T+ST) - Half(ST)

Harmonic Minor Scale is it also known as the Aeolian #7 scale.

You will find bellow the illustrations of all Harmonic Minor Scales with fingering for each scale and the name of the notes which build them up.

C Minor

Notes: C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, B, C.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/c_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

D Minor

Notes: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C#, D.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/d_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

E Minor

Notes: E, F#, G, A, B, C. D#. E,

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/e_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

F Minor

Notes: F, G, Ab, Bb, C, Db, E, F

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4.(1)

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/f_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

G Minor

Notes: G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F#, G.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/g_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

A Minor

Notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G#, A.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/a_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

B Minor

Notes: B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A#, B.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 4,3,2,1,4,3,2,1.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/b_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

C# / Db Minor *

Notes: C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B#, C#.

R.H. fingering: 3,4,1,2,3,1,2,3.

L.H. fingering: 3,2,1,4,3,2,1,3.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/csharp_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

D# / Eb Minor *

Notes: D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, B, Cx, D#.

R.H. fingering: 3,1,2,3,4,1,2,3.

L.H. fingering: 2,1,4,3,2,1,3,2.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/eflat_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

F# / Gb Minor *

Notes: F#, G#, A, B, C#, Db, E#, F#.

R.H. fingering: 3,4,1,2,3,1,2,3.

L.H. fingering: 4,3,2,1,3,2,1,4.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/fsharp_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

G# /Ab Minor *

Notes: G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E, Fx, G#.

R.H. fingering: 3,4,1,2,3,1,2,3.

L.H. fingering: 3,2,1,4,3,2,1,3.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/gsharp_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

A#/ Bb Minor *

Notes: A#, B#, C#, D#, E#, F#, Gx, A#.

R.H. fingering: 2,1,2,3,1,2,3,4.

L.H. fingering: 2,1,3,2,1,4,3,2.

Piano Harmonic Minor Scales - /images/bflat_minor_harmonic_scale.gif

* These two Scales are enharmonically equivalent to one another. That's mean that the sounds who build up the scales are identical in sound/pitch, but have a different spelling.

Double-flats and double-sharps are often used as accidentals but placing them in the key signature makes the music generally very hard to read. The Scales who use double-flats in the key signature (Db Minor, Gb Minor) are just Theoretical Scales.