Scales Lesson

Relative Minor Scale

Difficulty: intermediate

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The relative minor scale starts from the 6th tone of the major scale, and uses the same notes of the major scale, but in a different order, starting and ending on the sixth tone.

For example, the A minor is the relative minor of C major. These two keys, and scales, have the same key signature (no sharps or flats) and contain the same notes (in different order).

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C major scale

CDEFGABCCDEFGABC

This is the C major scale. It contains no sharps or flats.

A minor scale

ABCDEFGAABCDEFGA

This is the A minor scale. It contains no sharps or flats. It is identical to the C major scale, except that it starts and ends on A.

Bb major scale

BbCDEbFGABbCDEbFGABbCBbCDEbFGABbCDEbFGABbC

This is the Bb major scale. The key of Bb major contains two flats (Bb, Eb).

G minor scale

GABbCDEbFGABbCDEbFGABbGABbCDEbFGABbCDEbFGABb

This is the G minor scale. The key of G minor contains two flats (Bb, Eb). It is identical to the Bb major scale, except that it starts and ends on G.