Exploring Harmonic Minor With A Linear Lick

Harmonic Minors sound very cool. Why not explore them with a cool practice? CAUTION: This lessons features a lick that can make your hand hurt if played 5 times together.

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This practice is in A Harmonic minor scale whose notes are: A-B-C-D-E-F-G#-A The A Harmonic Minor scale can be obtained by flattening the 3rd and 6th note of the A Ionian Mode (the major scale) or just sharpening the 6th note of the A Aeolian Mode (Natural Minor) The Harmonic minor scale is very common in Melodic Death Metal, Technical Melodic Metal and in classical pieces like that of Vivaldi. The A Harmonic Minor Scale (4 octaves)
e|-------------------------------------8-10-12-13-16-17---------|
B|-----------------------------9-10-12--------------------------|
G|----------------------7-9-10----------------------------------|
D|-------------6-7-9-10-----------------------------------------|
A|-------5-7-8--------------------------------------------------|
E|-5-7-8--------------------------------------------------------|
You can practice this with some pattern. Now a cool sounding lick follows, its sounds kinda neo-classical with a nice overdrive. Part I: Part I goes with the A Harmonic scale on the high e string. Use a metronome to practice this part and don't proceed to the next part until you can play with a normal speed and you hand doesn't hurt.
   D                       B                   C
e|-10-13-12-13-10-13-12-13-7-10-8-10-7-10-8-10-8-12-10-12-8-12-10-12|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
 
  A                 B                 G#              A
e|5-8-7-8-5-8-7-8-7-10-8-10-7-10-8-10-4-7-5-7-4-7-5-7-5-8-7-8-5-8-7-8|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
 
e|5-8-7-8-5-8-7-8-|
B|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|----------------|
A|----------------|
E|----------------|
Part II: Part II follows Part I but the change is that insted of the base note changes to E (the open note) the second time we play it.
   G#      E       A       E       B         E         C          E
e|-4-7-5-7-0-7-5-7-5-8-7-8-0-8-7-8-7-10-8-10-0-10-8-10-8-12-10-12-0-12-10-12|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Part III: Follows part II ofcourse, but this time we descent the A Harmonic minor but not follwing the exact order of notes which makes it sound very interesting.
e|-10-13-12-13--------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------9-10-12-10---------------------------------------|
G|------------------------7-10-9-10-----------------------------|
D|----------------------------------6-9-7-9---------------------|
A|------------------------------------------5-8-7-8--7-6-7------|
E|---------------------------------------------------5-4-5------|
Now join Parts I,II, and III. Hear the good sound. With lots of practice, you can build a lot of speed. And this practice speed our left and right hand together, so enjoy it.

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    MWriff
    I absolutely love this riff, its definetely going in my arsenal, any chance of doing more of the same style lessons but for different techniques etc?? That would be brilliant... thanks man
    FlameGame
    KnownUnknown wrote: I think you meant to write "sharpen the 7th of the A aeolian mode". Other than that, nice little lesson man.
    yeah sorry, did not revise...
    KnownUnknown
    I think you meant to write "sharpen the 7th of the A aeolian mode". Other than that, nice little lesson man.