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Music Term: Minor

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

Minor


Definition and background:

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) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 c d eb f g ab bb c' Play Natural Minor Scale The 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) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 c d eb f g a b c' Play Melodic Minor Scale Ascending c' bb ab g f eb d c Play Melodic Minor Scale Descending The 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) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 c d eb f g ab b c' Play Harmonic Minor Scale Also see Natural Minor Scale, Harmonic Minor Scale, Melodic Minor Scale.


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