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1.3. Scales – Part 2

Hi there👊. At this time we will talk about Minor scales.

Note: Minor is the opposite to Major. It sounds sad and depressing  😅.

As you remember, the Major Scale Formula –
W W S W W W S (W – whole tone, S – semitone).

Get ready! I introduce you the Minor scales 😎:

Natural Minor Scale or shortly Minor
W S W W S W W. Let’s build it.

C Minor Scale:

Comparing to C Major Scale:

Play both and listen to the difference 🤔. Do you hear that? Mood that these scales produce is vastly different.

Tip: Don’t forget that you can build them from any note, not only C.

Try to remember their patterns, because Major and Minor scales are essential 🙏. It is extremely helpful when you can build any of the scale from any note in a moment. Until you are learning – use Tools->Scales in the main menu as a helper 😅.

To move forward we should learn one more naming convention:

First note in the scale is called First. Second note in the scale is called Second. Third note in the scale is called Third. Etc.

Let’s look at how notes are called in the C Major scale:

Distance between the nearest same notes is called Octave. *Octave is sometimes referred to all of the notes in the range of 12 semitones.

One Octave from C to C and C Major Scale:

Nice. What now?

Each Major scale has a Relative Minor scale, and you can determine the Relative Minor by using the Major scale’s Sixth note.

A Minor Scale(Relative Minor to C Major):

In the case of C major, the sixth note of the scale is A. This means that A minor uses exactly the Same notes as C major, except with a different starting point (different Root): A B C D E F G A

That is all the basics for now 😀. Don’t rush and keep in mind, that there are way more things, besides Major and Minor scales. We will come back to the Modes, Pentatonic Scales and something else later.

P.S. Thanks for being here 👍. You are my true fellow.

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