Harmonic Minor Scales for Trumpet

Harmonic minor scales are another variety of the main minor scales. In relationship to major scales, these have a lowered 3rd and 6th scale degree. The characteristic leading tone (7th) is still present in this scale. The 7th scale degree is the only different note between these and natural minor scales. In terms of whole step and half step relationships, you start on the tonic note and continue with:

Whole step, Half step, Whole step, Whole step, Half step, Whole+Half step, Half step


W - H - W - W - H - W+H - H

This scale has a bigger interval between the 6th and 7th scale degree, which gives it a distinctive sound.

Start learning the one octave scales, then progress to the two octave scales but do not play into the extreme upper register until you can do so comfortably. Play the exercises both tongued and slurred.

Click on the links below for free printable PDF exercises.

Trumpet Harmonic Minor Scales One Octave
Two Octaves