Minor

DEFINITION

A series of tones that defines a minor tonality. The natural minor scale has the same tones as the major scale, but uses the sixth tone of the major scale as its tonic. Thus, the semitones ( half steps) are between the second and third tones and the fifth and sixth tones, e.g.: C, D, E-flat, F, G, A-flat, B-flat, C (ascending) C, B-flat, A-flat, G, F, E-flat, D, C (descending)SCALE STEPS (IN SEMITONES OR HALF STEPS)12345678910111213cdebfgabbbc'Play Natural Minor ScaleThe melodic minor scale is the same as the natural minor with the exception that the sixth and seventh tones are raised by a semitone ( half step) when the scale is ascending. When the scale is descending, the melodic minor is the same as the natural minor, e.g.: C, D, E-flat, F, G, A, B, C (ascending) C, B-flat, A-flat, G, F, E-flat, D, C (descending)SCALE STEPS (IN SEMITONES OR HALF STEPS)12345678910111213cdebfgabc'Play Melodic Minor Scale Ascendingc'bbabgfebdcPlay Melodic Minor Scale DescendingThe harmonic minor is the same as the natural minor, except that the seventh tone is raised by a semitone ( half step) both ascending and descending, e.g.: C, D, E-flat, F, G, A-flat, B, C (ascending) C, B, A-flat, G, F, E-flat, D, C (descending)SCALE STEPS (IN SEMITONES OR HALF STEPS)12345678910111213cdebfgabbc'Play Harmonic Minor ScaleAlso see Natural Minor Scale, Harmonic Minor Scale, Melodic Minor Scale.

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