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Practice #47 - minor scales

Been going through all the minor scales and chords of the minor scale.

This is from memory:

There are three minor scales; the natural, the harmonic and the melodic

Talk about making it complicated....

Each major scale has a minor scale, for instance C Major's minor scale is A.

You find A by going to the sixth note in the scale (c, d, e, f, g, A). There's another way using the circle of fifths, but I think the 6th note is best.

So in the case of G Major, the minor scale is E: g, a, b, c, d, E

To make the different minor scales, you do the following:

For Natural (A minor): A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A (all the white keys) and it is the same descending

For Harmonic (A minor): A, B, C, D, E, F, G#, A (so the 7th note is raised one semi-tone) and it is the same descending

For Melodic (A minor): A, B, C, D, E, F#, G#, A (so the 6th and 7th notes are raised a semi-tone) BUT on the descent, 6th and 7th notes drop back down (i.e. the natural minor of A, G, F, E, D, C, B, A).


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