what time i suite to use "harmonic minor/melodic minor"?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Coleman, Mar 30, 2003.

  1. Coleman


    Oct 13, 2001
    Hong Kong
    1)please example this two scale,
    2)what time i suit to use it?
  2. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Harmonic minor and melodic minor are two forms of the minor scale. Harmonic minor is the same as natural minor (Aeolian), but with major 7th, as opposed to minor 7th. Melodic minor is the same as natural minor, but with major 6th and major 7th.

    Here are some examples, using A Minor:

    A Natural Minor = A B C D E F G
    A Harmonic Minor = A B C D E F G#
    A Melodic Minor = A B C D E F# G#

    Here, G is the minor 7th, G# is the major 7th, and F# is the major 6th.

    As for when you'd use them - it depends on the piece you're playing, and its tonality - and what chord you're playing over.