If you've got some basic theory under your belt (or if you want to start applying more advanced theory) and you're ready to start juggling multiple scales throughout a single progression, this is the perfect progression for you!
While the key signature is A MAJOR, the chord immediately following that is a C# MAJOR, borrowing from the harmonic minor variant of A MAJOR's relative minor, F# MINOR. So substituting an E natural with an F natural during this chord is vital for getting the right sound.
Ascending a semitone from there, it's followed by a D MAJOR chord, during which you can play either F# minor (which IS A major) or F# harmonic minor - both scales work equally well.
For the final chord, we then shift to a D MINOR - this is where you'll want to play off of the A HARMONIC MAJOR scale. That is, A major, with a flat 6th (so use an F natural instead of an F#). Of course, you COULD technically just play a D minor scale at this point but it will be a somewhat different sound.
Although it's in a different key, you may recognize this chord progression from Radiohead's hit "Creep" (which is in G major).
released April 11, 2017
All instruments, drum programming, mixing and mastering by Jason Aaron Wood.