The Surprisingly Neat Theory Of NEGATIVE Harmonic And Melodic Scales

Tommaso Zillio

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So far, all videos I've seen on negative harmony (mine included) apply it the major scale and the natural minor scales only.

I've been asked by several people what happens if we apply Negative Harmony to other scales such as harmonic minor, melodic minor, etc.

I've known the answer for a while... but I held back on doing a video on this for a long time. Why? Because the answer is surprising, in fact it's actually too neat to be true.

So I wanted to double- and triple-check my findings before I made a video on this.

... and in the process of checking everything, I found that what happens is even neater than what I first thought!

Truly, the comments I mostly expect in this video are like: "this is not possible, things can not work out this nicely in reality. There must be a trick somewhere" :-)

No tricks! Come and see the surprising things that happen when you apply Negative Harmony to scales like harmonic minor, melodic minor, diminished, and whole tone (with a helping of exotic scales thrown in for good measure)

If this is not a bounty for composers and songwriters, I don't know what is ;-)

And just to remind yourself what you can do with negative harmony:

And here are some more practical examples that can help you to see how many possibilities there are to create variations on a theme:

Of course, if you want to apply all this to your music and your guitar, you need to be pretty familiar with your scales and your modes.

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Knowledge is nothing without application! The Master of the Modes course will help you with the practical application of scales and modes.


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