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What is the difference between the harmonic minor and the natural minor scale?
What Is the Harmonic Minor Scale? In the harmonic minor scale, the seventh scale degree is raised. While a natural minor scale has a flat seventh, or minor seventh, the harmonic minor scale has a natural seventh. Compare the two scales to see the difference.
When would you use a harmonic minor?
The harmonic minor is perfect for generating hip II-V-I lines because it has the b9 and b13 of the V7 chord embedded in it and it allows you to simplify the entire II-V-I into one single reductive scale. It works over all three chords and has a strong sense of tonality and unity.
How do you go from harmonic minor to natural?
To convert any natural minor scale into harmonic minor, raise the seventh note by a half step. To convert any natural minor scale into harmonic minor, raise the seventh note by a semitone. Let’s convert C Natural Minor into C Harmonic Minor. Simply raise the seventh note (Bb) by a half step, resulting in B.
What is the difference between harmonic melodic and natural scales?
A harmonic minor scale differs from a natural minor scale in that the seventh note is raised one semitone. Melodic minor scales raise both the sixth and seventh notes one semitone when ascending, but when descending, the sixth and seventh notes are flattened, producing the natural minor scale. [..]
Which major scales should I learn first?
Major scales are the most common and useful to learn first on piano, followed by the natural, harmonic and melodic minors. Start with C Major as it has no sharps or flats, then G D, A and E major before starting the minors. Next, learn some pentatonic, blues and chromatic scales plus the modes.
What is the point of a melodic minor?
The melodic minor scale, with its raised 6th, gets rid of the one-and-a-half step leap between the 6 and 7 of the harmonic minor scale. By changing the 6th note, the scale is back to a combination of whole-steps and half-steps and is made more melody-friendly… hence the name melodic minor.
Why is it called a natural minor?
A minor has the same key signature that C major does. To play an A Minor scale you simply start on A and play up to the following A, making sure that every note is the same as it is in C. This type of minor scale is called the Natural Minor and will it always have the same key signature as the relative Major.