Chords in the Harmonic Minor Key

Chords in the Harmonic Minor Key


The Harmonic Minor scale is a seven note per octave series of notes. When harmonized the notes of the Harmonic Minor scale creates chords which is called diatonic chords because the notes from the scale are not altered or borrowed from another key. For example I will demonstrate with the C Harmonic Minor scale .

C  D  Eb  F  G  Ab  B   notes of the C Harmonic Minor      
   D  Eb  F  G  Ab  B  C   notes of the D Locrian 6  
      Eb  F  G  Ab  B  C  D   notes of the Eb ionian #5 
          F  G  Ab  B  C  D  Eb   notes of the F Dorian #4 
             G  Ab  B  C  D  Eb  F   notes of the G Phrygian Dominant 
                Ab  B  C  D  Eb  F  G   notes of the A Lydian #2
                    B  C  D  Eb  F  G  Ab   notes of the B Altered
C  D  Eb  F  G  Ab  B   notes in red make up a C Minor   
   D  Eb  F  G  Ab  B  C   notes in red make up a D diminished chord
      Eb  F  G  Ab  B  C  D   notes in red make up a Eb augmented  chord
          F  G  Ab  B  C  D  Eb   notes in red make up a F minor chord     
             G  Ab  B  C  D  Eb  F   notes in red make up a G major chord
                Ab  B  C  D  Eb  F  G   notes in red make up a A major chord       
                    B  C  D  Eb  F  G  Ab   notes in red make up a B diminished chord


The interval or distance between all seven notes would be a series of Whole steps and Half steps. These whole steps and half steps are the determining factor that makes the harmonic minor scale the harmonic minor scale.

 C   -   D   -   Eb   -   F   -   G   -   Ab       -       B   -    C
   Whole    Half    Whole    Whole   Half    Whole & half     Half


No matter what key you are in this formula of whole and half steps will always work to make the harmonic minor scale.


In this video I will demonstrate the chords that are derived from the Harmonic Minor scale in the keys of D Harmonic Minor, A Harmonic Minor and F Harmonic Minor.

Videos Below

Chords in The Key of F Harmonic Minor - Lesson 1

chords in the harmonic minor video 1

Chords in The Key of F Harmonic Minor - Lesson 2

chords in the harmonic minor key lesson 2

Chords in The Key of F Harmonic Minor - Lesson 3

chords in the harmonic minor key lesson 3

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