Micro Lesson 140: "A Minor" 16th-Note Harmonic Minor Lick

Welcome to... "Micro-Lesson 140"

This Micro Lesson works through a fast-paced 16th-Note, "A Minor" scale lick that crosses over into the sound of "Harmonic Minor." 

The sound of Harmonic Minor can be applied in a guitar lick by many different means. Sometimes we can target chord tones to generate a strong connection to the raised 7th degree of Harmonic Minor. However, there are other times where the raised 7th can operate in a way that is more subtle. 

This is the way we find Harmonic Minor applied in Micro Lesson 140's lick. In measure one, the initial phrase adds in a 13th fret "G#" tone from "A" Harmonic Minor. 

Across measures two and three we move through our remainder of scale tones using only "A Natural Minor." The contrast between tones is extremely subtle, but it creates an interesting effect at the start of the lick. 

Work with a metronome to develop the speed and take care to ensure good finger patterns. Enjoy!

Micro Lesson 140: "A Minor" 16th-Note Harmonic Minor Lick


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