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Uses for Harmonic Major

Rick Peckham

1. Minor II V resolving to major ('Night and Day')

D
.
c
.
&

CJ

[C\ \H\a\r\m\o\n\i\c\ \M\a\j\o\r]

..

2. Dominant b9 #9 b13 (Stella By Starlight)


(b9, #9, b13)
G7
b
& b b b b

3. Non Dominant Diminished Chords: bIII dim 7 going to II

E !

B !

&

bbbb

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Eb harmonic minor

b
F
Ab major

&

bbbb

E !

(A Harmonic Major)

D !J


E !

D lydian b7


E *
Db melodic minor #4

Eb Major

Eb Harmonic Major or G Mixo 9 #9 13

'Body and Soul'

G !

Db melodic minor


E !/D !

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Melodic minor #4 (Lydian diminished) starting from the tonic of the key of the moment
* same notes as Ab Harmonic Major (Ab is "avoid note")

D melodic min #4 or Lyd. dim. (A is "avoid note")

b b

& b b b

b b

b b b

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D
&

G7

CJ

E ! *

C melodic minor #4
G Harmonic Major

G7

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Melodic minor #4 (Lydian diminished) starting from the tonic of the key of the moment
C melodic min #4 or Lyd. dim. (G is "avoid note")

&

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b #

* same notes as G Harmonic Major (G is "avoid note")

b #

'Avoid note' or 'special consideration note': Scale note that is a half-step above a chord tone. Any scale
note may be played over a chord, but avoid notes sound questionalble if sustained.

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4. Non Dominant Diminished Chords: Tonic Diminished

!
D
bb
& b b b ..

D !J

Upper Manhattan Medical Group: last 8 bars

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OR

Db Sym Diminished (W,H)

n n
& n n n b b n # b
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DJ

#
& #
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&
32

#
b

'Corcovado'

D7/A

G melodic min #4 or Lyd. dim. (D is "avoid note")

D Harm. Maj. (D is "avoid note")

nn

..

D7

D Harm. Maj (D is "avoid note")

b
b

b b

B ! *

Db Mel min #4 (mode 4, Ab Harmonic major

5. Non Dominant Diminished Chords: Chromatic resolution bVI dim 7


'Wave'

A ! *

F melodic minor #4 or C Harm. Major

C7

FJ

&
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F melodic min #4 or Lyd. dim. (C is "avoid note")

&

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b N

F melodic minor #4 or C Harm. Major