Exploring The Harmonic Major Scale

BYMICK COODRICK
s promised last time, here’s a more detailed look at the harmonic major scale. This analysis includes the scale’s modes, triads, 7th chords, and triad-overbass-note structures. The modal vamps that follow the analysis involve only the first five modes; the other two just don’t seem to work

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you use only notes from the mode. (Remember, the white notes should be sustained.) Then record the vamps on your multitrack and start soloing against them. I think you’ll find some very interesting melodic and harmonic material. 4

as well. However, that’s just my subjective opinion. If you want to check them out, by all means do so! Once you can play the vamps more or less as written, feel free to experiment with them, changing the rhythms and so forth. You can even add more notes: just make certain that

Harmonic Major (lonian b6)

Dorian b5

Altered h5 (Phrygian b4)

Melodic Minor #4 (Lydian Minor)

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2

3

4

5

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7

1

1

2

b3

4

,5

6

17

1

1

.2

d

h3

5

~6

:7

1

1

2

;3

b4

t4

5

6

7

1

Mixolydian b2

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b2

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b7

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/2

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#5

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b2

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~5

~6

L7 :6

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Triads: c

Ddim

Em

Fm

G

Abaug Bdim

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Dm7b5 E m 7 Fm/maj7 G7 Abmaj7+5

Bdim7

2 ma,., 2 m,n , 2 dwn.,

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7d1fferentstructures

Triads

OYW bass IIMBS: DdimlC G / C

E m / D

FmlE G / F Abaug/G

B&n/AL C / B DdimK

Abaug/D Bdim/E C / F E m /

Ddim/G Em/AL Fm/B G / C F FmlG G/AL Abaug/B BdimlC

Bdim/C C / D D d i m / E
Vamps

C Harmonic Major (lonian b6)

D Dorian b5

GUITAR PLAYER luiy 1993

E alt. t)5 Amaj7 6/9/E F Melodic Minor #4 (Lydian Minor) G Mixolydian b2 simplified version G Mixolydian b2 . 115 Amaj7 E alt.

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