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Learning the Minor Scales

Harmonic minor - C and the sharp keys



The 'harmonic minor' is so called because it provides the three principal chords of the classical minor key.

These are:

  • a minor tonic (i) chord;
  • a minor subdominant (iv) chord; but
  • a major dominant (V) chord.

This is the reason for the curious combination of minor sixth (the third of the iv chord) and the major seventh (third of the V chord).

The harmonic minor scale uses the same notes descending as ascending.

Here are the teaching videos for the harmonic minor scales in the sharp keys.

  • As before, C is used as the model for building the scale.
  • Building is repeated, with minor (!) variations, in every key, both hands. This may get tedious, but stick with it! Repetition is an excellent teacher! By all means, doodle while the video plods through.

Kudos for your continuing progress, retrospective and anticipated!

Minor scales

MelMin
sharps

MelMin
flats

HarMin
sharps

Harmin
flats


C and the sharp keys - harmonic minors

 C harmonic minor, and model


 G harmonic minor


 D harmonic minor


 A harmonic minor


 E harmonic minor


 B harmonic minor


Now go on to learn the harmonic minor scales in the flat keys.

Minor scales

MelMin
sharps

MelMin
flats

HarMin
sharps

Harmin
flats



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