Harmonic minor scale degrees Ia.

One-string harmonic minor scales

 

E Harmonic Minor

C sharp Harmonic Minor - One-string E Major

B Harmonic Minor - One-string E Dorian

A Harmonic Minor - One-string E Phrygian

G sharp Harmonic Minor - One-string E Lydian

F sharp Harmonic Minor - One-string E Mixolydian

D Harmonic Minor - One-string E Locrian

 

The main thing to consider here is how the harmonic minor scale can be played on just one string.

 

This may seem kind of complicated at first glance, since the different scales started from an E string (e.g. E Dorian, E Phrygian, E Lydian etc.) have different harmonic minor tonalities. No need to worry though, because we have a specific table for matching the parallel scales together, as seen below:

 

 

I have highlighted the basic scales starting with an E note.

So let's take a look at what the one-string scales played on the E1 string look like! The notes of the basic tonality are indicated with red.

 

E harmonic minor

 

C sharp harmonic minor

This is a minor alteration to the one-string E major scale

 

B harmonic minor

This is a minor alteration to the one-string E dorian scale

 

A harmonic minor

This is a minor alteration to the one-string E phrygian scale

 

G sharp harmonic minor

This is a minor alteration to the one-string E lydian scale

 

F sharp harmonic minor

This is a minor alteration to the one-string E mixolydian scale

 

D harmonic minor

This is a minor alteration to the one-string E locrian scale

 

Question: Can we actually use these altered scales also on other strings?

 

Let's take a look at our table and indicate the row with the A minor in it.

 

 

So more specifically, the question would be: In the case of an A harmonic minor, can we actually use

  • a one-string altered dorian scale on the D string

  • a one-string locrian scale on the B string

  • a one-string mixolydian scale on the G string

  • and so on, and so forth?

There is a permanent G sharp note, due to the altered 7th degree, in the A harmonic minor. Would this be a problem for making one-string scales? It would not!  Let's double check it. Here is the full A harmonic minor scale...

 

 

...and here come the one-string scales:

 

First degree - minor

 

Third degree - major

 

Fourth degree - dorian

 

Fifth degree - phrygian

 

Sixth degree - lydian

 

Seventh degree - mixolydian

 

Why is there only six scale degrees instead of seven? The answer is very simple: A standard guitar has only six strings.

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