What are harmonics in guitars

Harmonious minor special - Part 3

Above the E7 in bar 7 - once again - the A harmonic minor scale comes into play. As you already know from the previous workshops, it is the first choice for this area of ​​application. In the sixth bar, things get more puristic again: the A minor Pentatonic is popular. And so we come to the climax of the event. And indeed, measure 9 really gets down to business again.

Since improvising over an E7 chord is due again, you can already guess what the hour has struck. Exactly, again the A harmonic minor scale is the "Skahl of choice". But that's only half the battle. Because the real challenge lies in the pace of the Lix. Before you can even think about bringing the thing up to speed, you should first check what is going on tonally and technically. Don't worry, we'll help you with this: The whole thing starts in the seventh position of the A harmonic minor scale.

Important: One of the tones used is not inherent in the scale. In order to "break up" the line a little, I use a chromatic passage tone again (Db, E string 9th Bd). Then I let off steam for a while in the scale shown above. The actual change of position then takes place on the »3+«. After playing the "F" (6th Bd B-string) on ​​the last 32nd of the first four-pack of the "3" with my first finger, I slide my finger into the 5th fret (E on the "3+") (5th vol / B string). And that's it. The situation has changed.

But make sure that - despite the change in position - you always keep the correct rhythm. I then do the rest of the line with the A minor Pentatonic. Finished!!!

Now that you've familiarized yourself with the process in this way, it's time to get the line up to speed. And the only tip that counts here is: be patient! Only with meticulousness and dedication will you be able to give the "final run" exactly the best. So take your time!

We hope our workshop was able to convince you of the usefulness of the A-harmonic minor scale. Have fun practicing and see you soon

Hansi Tietgen