I don’t know whether or not a guitarist should admit that he likes some scales batter than the others… anyway, E harmonic minor guitar scale is one of my favorites. I don’t know why. I just like the way it sounds, and the way it stretches my fingers while playing a certain pattern (more on which later).
Here’s the standard pattern:
As you can see even the standard pattern of the E harmonic minor scale is interesting. It begins with an empty E string and ends with an empty E string as well (but one octave higher).
The pattern I like to practice with is a little different:
The most interesting part of it is that there are four notes to play on the E6 string and none on the E1 string. And the layout itself requires some left hand skill in order to move around the fretboard smoothly. The pattern can be transferred up and down the fretboard which stretches your fingers even more.
If you want to start the scale a little higher check out this cool video tutorial for yet another E harmonic minor scale pattern.
If you want to learn more you can visit all-guitar-chords.com and get the full pattern for the E harmonic minor scale (click here).
(Images by http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/)