The Minor Scale

It is said that the root of music theory can be seen by playing the Major Scale in the
Key of C on the Piano (only the white keys from C to C) and every Major Scale has a relative minor Scale as seen when looking at the Circle Of Fifths. Below is how a Minor Scale is built.

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C to D is one whole step due to the black key in between them. D to Eb is one half step there are no keys between them.

The Minor Scale can be thought of as whole step - half step - whole step - whole step - half step - whole step - whole step

Try to remember this pattern.


Another way to think of the notes is in numbers - the first note C=1 and the second note D=2 and the third note in the scale Eb=3 and so on.
Please have a look at Diatnic Harmony to see how the numbers way is the best in the end.

How to play a Minor Chord and the Piano.

By Michael Pelletier