So I've been learning a Frank Vignola jazz chord melody etude called "A Look at Minor" and I stumbled across this particle scale that sounded really nice with a minor tone.
1 (R), b2, 3, 4, 5, b6, b7, 1
The interval looks to then be:
R, H, W+H, H, W, H, W, W
But I couldn't find a mode or scale (that I know) that would fit the intervals. But it could be because I'm only an earlier intermediate player and so I'm likely just a bit out of my depth.
Would anyone know what scale this is or - if it's not any known scale - why it sounds 'nice'? (at the very least it's not dissonant in tone).
So I'm doing something wrong here I believe...
...as there is neither a natural 3rd, nor a flat 7th that would suggest this scale mode is 'dominant' in sound.
So below is the C Harmonic Minor Scale.
I've followed what I believe to be the convention for modes which is to change the tonal center to be the next note, which equally means the first interval is shifted to the end (this is what I've seen done with the C Major Scale and all the relevant modes it has).
Now the confusion are these two comments:
The fifth mode of the Harmonic Minor scale means making the fifth note of the scale the tonic, so if we take C Harmonic Minor (C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab-B) and make G the tonal center (and arrange the notes in ascending order: G-Ab-B-C-D-Eb-F), we get Phrygian Dominant.
Just to make it clear, it is called Phrygian Dominant because it is like the phrygian scale, but with a raised 3rd (which makes it a natural 3rd), thus making the seventh chord built from the scale a dominant chord.
So below I do exactly this, in long form. I see that having G as the tonal center would indeed suggest it is the 5th "mode" for the Harmonic Minor scale.
My confusion is when the comment above says that this can be called "like the Phrygian scale". This is because I don't have a flat 7th at any point. In the scale or any of its modes. My understanding is that a dominant 'chord' is constructed from a scale that has
1, 3, 5, b7 and so although the 5th mode of the Harmonic Minor scale (with G as the tonal center does indeed give me a natural 3rd, the degrees still don't appear to include a flat seventh)