Minor Scale Guide: Learn the Harmonic Minor Scale

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Nov 2, 2021 • 3 min read

Minor-key music exists in a broad array of musical genres, and the sound of minor chords and the minor scale can evoke sadness, eeriness, and suspense. There are three types of minor scales in music theory: the natural minor scale, the harmonic minor scale, and the melodic minor scale. The most common is the natural minor scale, but the harmonic minor scale—recognizable for its raised seventh note—has arguably the most distinctive sound.