#2
There are no Harmonic minor keys, only major and minor. If you know how to make chords using the major scale, apply that to the harmonic minor scale.
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#3
I'm sure that a lot of people here could tell you a lot better than me, but honestly you can play a standard chord progression and the lead can still play harmonic over it. If you really want to actually play a chord progression using the harmonic scale then, I honestly don't know any off the top of my head. The trick is make the notes in the chord actually be in the harmonic scale that you are playing in. I know that wasn't much help, but it's something.
#4
V-i.

Harmonic minor is simply a consequence of the use of a V chord in a minor key, which offers a stronger resolution. It is very rarely treated as a scale in its own right, but rather as a brief alteration of the minor scale.
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^ actually i use it as its own scale quite often. the vii dim - i , it sounds pretty strong of a resolution (to me at least) and creepy too. a good little movement i like is V- vii dim - ii dim - i
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^ actually i use it as its own scale quite often. the vii dim - i , it sounds pretty strong of a resolution (to me at least) and creepy too. a good little movement i like is V- vii dim - ii dim - i
But do you use that almost as a turnaround in blues where you're mainly playing natural minor.

The common way to use harmonic minor is over the V7 chord. In the natural minor scale, the 5 chord is minor, but a major chord has a better resolution back to the i chord. A typical progression is Am G F E7. Solo over the first three chords with A natural minor, and solo over E7 with A harmonic minor.
#7
What are songs constructed from the harmonic minor?Sorry for intruding,TS.
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What are songs constructed from the harmonic minor?Sorry for intruding,TS.
"House of the Rising Sun" uses the V7 substitution I referenced, though it uses a few other substitutions as well.
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What are songs constructed from the harmonic minor?Sorry for intruding,TS.


A song constructed with harmonic minor would just be considered "minor". Again, outside of popular music it's really only treated as an brief alteration to the minor scale, to the extent that the term minor is implied to contain a V chord, from which harmonic minor is just a by-product. In that sense, it is the foundation of very nearly all of jazz and classical harmony. You have to understand that songs are rarely composed "in" harmonic minor, and that the raised 7th is just a side effect of the use of a V chord, which offers a stronger resolution. Whether or not a raised seventh is used in the melody depends on many factors, and it is rarely as simple as "play harmonic minor over the V chord".
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#10
If you want a song as a reference, another one that uses the dominant V is Sultans of Swing by the Dire Straits. I'm pretty sure that the Stray Cat Strut does, too, by the Stray Cats. No more off the top of my head, though.
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#11
If looking for an "Eastern" sound, I prefer to use Phrygian Dominant (which is either the Phrygian mode, with a raised 3rd, or the 5th mode of the Harmonic Minor scale).
This means you can have a darker sound with a major chord root - used in Spanish music a lot.
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