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Piano Melodic Minor Scales

  • 20 January 2020
  • Maria

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In contrast to Major Scales, Minor scales come in three patterns:

The melodic minor scale has a particularity. It has two forms: ascending and descending. Ascending one has the same notes as the natural minor scale, except that the 6th and 7th degrees are raised by one Semitone (1/2 step). This changes creates a Major 6th between 1st degree and the 6th degree and also a Major 7th between 1st degree and the 7th degree.The 7th degree becomes Leading Tone in both, Harmonic and Melodic version. The descending melodic minor is just another name for the natural minor scale.

The sequence of spaces between the notes of a melodic minor scale is:

Whole(T) - Half(ST) - Whole(T) - Whole(T) - Whole(T) - Whole(T) - Half(ST)

You will find bellow the illustrations of all Harmonic Minor Scales, the fingering for each scale and the name of the notes which build them up.

C Minor

Notes: C, D, Eb, F, G, A, B, C.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

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D Minor

Notes: D, E, F, G, A, B, C#. D.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

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E Minor

Notes: E, F#, G, A, B, C#. D#. E,

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

Piano Melodic Minor Scales - /images/e_minor_melodic_scale.gif

F Minor

Notes: F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D, E, F

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4.(1)

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

Piano Melodic Minor Scales - /images/f_minor_melodic_scale.gif

G Minor

Notes: G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F#, G.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

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A Minor

Notes: A, B, C, D, E, F#, G#, A.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 5,4,3,2,1,3,2,1.

Piano Melodic Minor Scales - /images/a_minor_melodic_scale.gif

B Minor

Notes: B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A#, B.

R.H. fingering: 1,2,3,1,2,3,4,5.

L.H. fingering: 4,3,2,1,4,3,2,1.

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C# / Db Minor *

Notes: C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B#, C#.

R.H. fingering: 2,3,1,2,3,4,1,2.

L.H. fingering: 3,2,1,4,3,2,1,3.

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D# / Eb Minor *

Notes: D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, B, Cx, D#.

R.H. fingering: 3,1,2,3,4,1,2,3.

L.H. fingering: 2,1,4,3,2,1,3,2.

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F# / Gb Minor *

Notes: F#, G#, A, B, C#. D. E#, F#,

R.H. fingering: 2,3,1,2,3,4,1,2.

L.H. fingering: 4,3,2,1,3,2,1,4.

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G# /Ab Minor *

Notes: G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E, Fx, G#.

R.H. fingering: 3,4,1,2,3,1,2,3.

L.H. fingering: 3,2,1,3,2,1,4,3.

Piano Melodic Minor Scales - /images/gsharp_minor_melodic_scale.gif

A#/ Bb Minor *

Notes: A#, B#, C#, D#, E#, Fx, G#.

R.H. fingering: 4,1,2,3,1,2,3,4.

L.H. fingering: 2,1,3,2,1,4,3,2.

Piano Melodic Minor Scales - /images/bflat_minor_melodic_scale.gif

* These two Scales are enharmonically equivalent to one another. That's mean that the sounds who build up the scales are identical in sound/pitch, but have a different spelling.

Double-flats and double-sharps are often used as accidentals but placing them in the key signature makes the music generally very hard to read. The Scales who use double-flats in the key signature (Db Minor, Gb Minor) are just Theoretical Scales.