Every Major Scale has a Relative Minor Scale
There are 3 varieties of minor scales:
- natural or pure minor
- harmonic minor
- melodic minor
- Natural minor, also known as pure minor, uses the exact same notes as its relative major scale, but begins on the 6th degree of that major scale.
- Harmonic minor uses the same notes as its relative major scale, but raises the 7th degree of the scale 1/2 step. Harmonic minor is the most used of the 3 types of minor scales.
- Melodic minor uses the same notes as its relative major scale, but raises both the 6th and 7th degrees of the scale 1/2 step when ascending, but restores them to the natural minor version when descending.
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