In a previous video, we talked about the theory behind harmonic minor scales – if you missed that, definitely click the link to get all caught up! Today we’ll look at how to play an A harmonic minor scale – nice and simple and short.
A Harmonic Minor Scale
Fur Elise by Beethoven: This piece is in the key of A Harmonic Minor.
Other beginner scales
Below is a list of the other beginner scales we’ve made videos for so far – Everything on this list is 1 octave, and hands separate. For more scales, please visit the “Categories” page.
Scales are often thought of as tedious and dry, but they’re extremely useful to know and understand as a musician. Knowing scales – and their individual flavors of sharps or flats – allows you to instantly understand key signatures (the sharps/flats that hover at the beginning of a line of music).
Most songs are based on a “key”. For example, if we say a song is in the “Key of C major”, what we’re saying is that it’s based off C major scale, and therefore has no sharps or flats (unless otherwise indicated in the music).
So in the case of A harmonic minor scale, if you see a piece that has no sharps or flats in the key signature, you it’s either in C major – OR A minor. Every major scale has a minor counterpart. For more info on how that works, check out this video on Major and Minor doppelgangers.)