The Art of Piano Fingering

Chapter 2 - Melodic Minor Scales

Both melodic and harmonic minor scales are derived from the ancient minor (Aeolian) mode which is made up of the following series of intervals: tone   semitone   tone   tone   semitone  tone   tone Example 9 Note that the notes of the C minor mode are the same as those of E♭ major scale, its ‘relative major’. Each minor mode has the same notes and the same key signature as its relative major scale which is a minor third (three semitones) higher. Thus, for example F♯ minor has the same key signature as A major. In the ascending melodic minor scale, the sixth and seventh...

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