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EMT Lesson Two  How to build musical scales

Natural minor (relative minor) scales

The ‘natural’ minor is also known as the ‘relative’ minor. This means it is related to a major scale. This relationship will be explained later in the course in ‘How to understand key signatures’.

A natural minor scale is formed by the following sequence of intervals:

Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone

Figure 7. The scale of A natural minor   (Enlarge)

Figure 7. The scale of A natural minor

Figure 8. Notes and intervals of A natural minor scale   (Enlarge)

Figure 8. Notes and intervals of A natural minor scale

The notes of the A natural (relative) minor scale are therefore: A,B,C,D,E,F,G,A

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