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Cello Lessons: 2 Octave Harmonic Minor Scale & 7th Arpeggio Routines

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>> The harmonic minor scale is like
the natural minor scale except
it has a sharp seven in it.
So if we were in the key of G,
we'd start with G,
A, flat third, so B flat.
Then C, D, E flat for flat sixth.
And then a sharp seven is an F sharp,
ending in G again.
>> [MUSIC]
>> That augmented second between the flat
six and the sharp seven is what's
characteristic about this scale.
It's called an augmented second because,
even though it's only the sixth
degree going to the seventh scale degree,
it actually spans a minor third.
>> [MUSIC]
>> And, this is gonna be common.
You'll find this scale
in a lot of melodies,
because that sharp seven is
the third of the five chord.
And that's gonna help lead us
back to the root, in a minor key.
So the harmonic minor
scale is really important.
And so I want you to explore this
scale through the modal guide tone
improvisation lessons.
But also our standard routine
with the drone and the metronome.
Whole notes, half notes, quarter notes,
eights, triplets, and sixteenth notes.
Let me play one octave,
actually I'll do two octaves up and
down with you four with a drone and
a metronome.
And still the same
fingering principles apply.
We're gonna shift every three notes.
>> [MUSIC]
>> Three, four.
>> [MUSIC]
>> That's a new hand shape for us.
This stretch between first and
second finger here.
>> [MUSIC]
>> The arpeggio associated with
this scale you've already learned.
It's the minor major arpeggio.
Minor third and a sharp seven.
It'll sound like this.
Starting on fourth finger.
>> [MUSIC]
>> That is the G harmonic minor scale.
>> [MUSIC]