Easy Riff With Harmonic Minor Scale and Chord Progression

Notice how the Dm to A7 progression blends beautifully with the D harmonic minor scale…

The riff I’m playing has a “freetime” feel,meaning you can be very loose with the rhythm…Think late at night, peaceful, dreamy vibes… But as far as defining a set rhythm, here’s a tab for it:

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Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here and I want to share
this little riff I came up with a couple of nights
ago. I was lying in bed at three in the morning and
couldn’t sleep. So I grabbed my guitar and went back
to bed with my guitar. I know, I do funny things, right?
I was lying in bed in the dark with my guitar and just
started playing. I wanted to make some kind of a
[unintelligible – 00:59] and I played something like this.

So what I’m doing here is D minor and then high
E string, 5th fret; 6, 5, 3, 1, open to A-7 with
that high E string. And then again. Then I go
6, 5, 3 and then to the B string, 6, 5, 3 and up on
the 2nd fret of the B string, still on that A-7.

That’s kind of a cool progression, D minor. A-7.
It’s a cool little chord progression right there.
It’s also cool to throw in those melody notes.
What I realized when I was playing that, that
C sharp is one fret down from the D and it’s
really a D minor tonality. But because we have
that C sharp it’s like D harmonic minor.

So harmonic minor scale. Usually the tonality is just
really emphasizing that note. But having those chords
like of provides a little more structure, a little bit
more of a definitive kind of sound. Pretty cool. So
it’s a good way to get some cool sounds and have fun
with that.

Hey, that’s all I’ve got for now. Oh, by the way,
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All right, guys. I’ll catch you next time. Rock on.

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