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What is a Minor Scale?

Understand the properties of the relative minor scale.

Released on January 15, 2014

  
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henri on January 16, 2014 @6:18 am PST
This is helpful for the students.
sue * VSM MEMBER * on January 15, 2014 @10:22 am PST
Thank you.
For teach the on the scales, very informative. Sue Fuller
kwoolno * VSM MEMBER * on January 15, 2014 @7:49 am PST
why are there 3 minors and only one major scale?
so the relative minor of F# major is E natural!
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Robert - host, on January 17, 2014 @11:12 am PST
There are actually 15 major scales (3 are enharmonic equivalents, same notes with different spelling - like F-sharp major and G-flat major)

So, there are are an equal number of minor scales, each of which can be natural, harmonic or melodic. The minor scale always starts on the 6th note of the major scale, so the relative minor of F-sharp major is D-sharp minor.

This is totally separate from the fact that in each major key, there are 3 triads that are major, the I, IV and V chords. (In C major that would be the C chord, the F chord and the G chord, all with no sharps or flats since C major has nothing in the key signature.)

The II chord, III chord and VI chord are always minor in any major key. (In C major that is the D, E and A chords.)

The VII chord is the one diminished triad.

Hope this clears things up for you!
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