#1
I learned the major scale via box positions a couple years back, now I want to be able to understand this a bit more, instead of remaking and re-learning box shapes for the next scale, the harmonic minor, can anyone give me a really good lesson on intervals so I can apply it to better to what I already know?
#2
alright wel you know that in your major scales you have your notes like 1234567?
as in c major you have C D E F G A B
well for the harmonic minor of this scale you have 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7 as a template
there is a flat 3rd and 6th so it becomes
C D Eb F G Ab B
so any major scale applied to that template will give you the harmonic minor.
BUT and this is a lil confusing, this scale as a raised seventh if playing up the scale, but not playing down!
so once you are about the play the highest note (in C this would be the B) you need to play the next note higher if ascending... so you would play B#
but on the way back down, you would play a B
so playing up and down you got C D Eb F G Ab B# --> B Ab G F Eb D C
its weird but it sounds better
hope this helps
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#4
Quote by raymo39
alright wel you know that in your major scales you have your notes like 1234567?
as in c major you have C D E F G A B
well for the harmonic minor of this scale you have 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7 as a template
there is a flat 3rd and 6th so it becomes
C D Eb F G Ab B
so any major scale applied to that template will give you the harmonic minor.
BUT and this is a lil confusing, this scale as a raised seventh if playing up the scale, but not playing down!
so once you are about the play the highest note (in C this would be the B) you need to play the next note higher if ascending... so you would play B#
but on the way back down, you would play a B
so playing up and down you got C D Eb F G Ab B# --> B Ab G F Eb D C
its weird but it sounds better
hope this helps

No you are thinking of melodic minor i'm pretty sure.

TS don't worry about the bolded part, the intervals are always 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7

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#5
C Harmonic Minor is:
C D Eb F G Ab B
That's all it is, both ascending & descending.

C Melodic Minor is:
C D Eb F G A B - ascending
C D Eb F G Ab Bb - descending (basically the Natural Minor)


Sooooo...

Natural Minor: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
Harmonic Minor: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
Melodic Minor: 1 2 b3 4 5 6 7 -OCTAVE- b7 b6 5 4 b3 2 1