Harmonic Minor Scale Chord Formula

20 July 2017

So what chords are from the Harmonic Minor Scale?

Cool chords come from this scale, that's what!

They all have their niche so if you play one and do not like it - do not write it off! It will be the perfect chord at some point in your musical journey.

You need to be up to speed with the MAJOR SCALE CHORD FORMULA.

Naming Chords

As with the Major Scale, you create the chords based on the 1,3,5 from the scale.

In the key of A Harmonic minor, the chords would look like this:

A, C, E
B Diminished
B, D, F
C Augmented or C#5
C, E, G#
D minor
D, F, A
E Major
E, G#, B
F Major
F, A, C
G Diminished
G#, B, D

A nice set of chords. Two Major chords, two minor chords, An an Augmented chord, two Diminished chords.

But it is when you add the 7th that the chords really become cool:

A, C, E, G#
A minor Major 7
B, D, F, A
B minor 7 flat 5
C, E, G#, B
C Major 7 sharp 5
D, F, A, C
D minor 7
E, G#, B, D
E Major
F, A, C, E
F Major
G#, B, D, E
G Diminished 7

Tip on Naming the Chords

I find the best approch is to ask these questions first:

What is the 3rd note from the chord's root note doing, is the chord Major or minor?

Is the 7th a flat or natural, making it either a minor7, a Major 7, a Dominant7, or a minorMajor7 (specific to Harmoninc and Melodic minor scales).

Once you have established if it is a m7, M7, 7 or mM7 then just reference the highest interval that isn't altered (i.e. the 11th, or maybe you are using the 13th), then reference the notes that ARE altered i.e. #5, or a b6, or a b13, or a #11 etc...

Common Usage

The 5th chord in the scale, in this case it is E7, is where you expect most people to apply this scale.

Try it yourself. Sounds cool, right?

Maybe try it over Am to E7. Sounding familiar. It is used a lot!