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Harmonic Major Patterns

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We are going to talk a little bit about the Harmonic Major Scale and the modes that implies. So I'm going to show you this scale starting from F than going up the neck using all of the different modes.

So we are going to start with F harmonic major.

The next mode is called Dorian flat 5, starting from G.

The next mode is called Phrygian flat 4, starting from A.

The next mode is the Lydian flat 3, starting from Bb.

The next mode is Mixolydian flat 9, starting from C.

This is Db, Lydian, Augmented, sharp 9.

This is E Locrian diminished seventh.

OK, practise those patterns, get them on your fingers, and see how you can apply them to your own playing.


The harmonic major is a spiritual cousin to the harmonic minor.

Building the scale is simple; just take a major scale and flatten the 6th.

Using the scale is not as simple. You’ll need to discover a set of chords that supports the harmony of the scale.

F Harmonic Major

f natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
a natural
e natural
fret tile
g natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
g natural
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
a natural
e natural
c natural
g natural
a natural
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

G Dorian ♭5

fret tile
fret tile
g natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
g natural
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
a natural
e natural
c natural
g natural
a natural
fret tile
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c sharp, d flat
a sharp, b flat
fret tile
a natural
e natural
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

A Phrygian ♭4

fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
a natural
c natural
g natural
a natural
fret tile
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c sharp, d flat
a sharp, b flat
fret tile
a natural
e natural
fret tile
c natural
g natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
fret tile
e natural
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

B♭ Lydian ♭3

fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
a sharp, b flat
c sharp, d flat
a sharp, b flat
fret tile
a natural
e natural
fret tile
c natural
g natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
e natural
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
a natural
f natural
c natural
g natural
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

C Mixolydian ♭9

fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
c natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
e natural
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
a natural
f natural
c natural
g natural
fret tile
a sharp, b flat
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
e natural
g natural
a natural
e natural
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

D♭ Lydian Augmented ♯9

fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
f natural
c natural
g natural
fret tile
a sharp, b flat
c sharp, d flat
g sharp, a flat
fret tile
e natural
g natural
e natural
fret tile
f natural
c natural
g sharp, a flat
a sharp, b flat
f natural
fret tile
e natural
fret tile

E Locrian o7

fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
e natural
g natural
a natural
e natural
fret tile
f natural
c natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
a natural
e natural
fret tile
g natural
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
g natural

Key Exercises

  • Learn, memorize, and apply the scales.
  • Create a chord progression that supports the harmonic major scale using chords built in thirds from each of the modes.
  • Improvise using the harmonic major, at first without any accompaniment.

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