Harmonic minor scales are the first minor scales required in exams here, so they’re usually taught once students understand the majors. I prefer to teach natural minor scales first, however, so that students will understand the theory behind all minor scales more thoroughly.
So after my students have practiced and review the natural minors for at least a few weeks (see how we do that here) – that’s when we add the raised seventh and start working on harmonic minor scales.
We do this with tokens on the piano, on the staff, and of course playing the scales. Usually using the MusiClock backing tracks or some kind of improvised duet.
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Harmonic Minor Scales Flipped Learning Video
In these videos, I teach students about harmonic minor scales, using staff notation and piano examples.
Feel free to send these videos to parents for their kids to watch, use it in group lessons or as part of lab time.
These videos are designed to be clear and concise so that students can watch them – and then get on with some writing work for reinforcement. Saving you time to do fun activities during the lesson time.
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- Flipped Articulation Marks
- Flipped C and G Major Scales
- Flipped Tempo Marks
- Flipped Ledger Line Landmark Notes
- Flipped Intermediate Note Values
- Flipped Note Stem Rules
- Flipped Solfa Scale Singing
- Flipped D & F Major Scales
- Flipped Note Grouping/Beaming
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Do you have a favourite method for harmonic minor scales?
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