The Harmonic Minor Scale for Guitar

The Harmonic Minor Scale structure is similar to the Natural Minor scale structure, except for the 7th note.

To play a harmonic minor scale, raise the 7th note of the natural minor guitar scale by a half step as seen below.

Natural Minor
Guitar Scale Diagram of the Natural Minor Scale Pattern
Harmonic Minor
Guitar Scale Diagram of the Harmonic Minor Scale

Harmonic Minor Scales:

C
D
E
F
G
A
B

The Formula for the Harmonic Minor Scale: whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, half step, whole + half step, whole step OR by lowering the 3rd and 6th notes of the major scale a half step.