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EMT Lesson Two  How to build musical scales

Melodic minor scales

The melodic minor is unusual in that the set of intervals of the ascending scale are different from the intervals of the descending scale.

The intervals of the ascending melodic minor scale are:

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

Figure 12. A melodic minor (ascending)   (Enlarge)

Figure 12. A melodic minor (ascending)

Figure 13. Notes and intervals of A melodic minor (ascending)   (Enlarge)

Figure 13. Notes and intervals of A melodic minor (ascending)

The notes of the ascending A melodic minor scale are therefore: A,B,C,D,E,F#,G#,A

The descending melodic minor scale is formed by following the same sequence of intervals used to create a natural minor scale.

Intervals of the descending melodic minor scale:

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

We have produced a table showing all the notes in the A melodic minor scale both ascending and descending.

Figure 14. Notes and intervals of A melodic minor (ascending and descending)   (Enlarge)

Figure 14. Notes and intervals of A melodic minor (ascending and descending)

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