Fundamentals of
SCALES AND KEY SIGNATURES

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Natural Minor Scale Structure

a. The formula for a natural minor scale is minor(m), Link (L), Natural (N). A natural minor scale is a series of eight consecutive notes with the intervals between notes being two half steps, one half step, two half steps, two half steps, one half step, two half steps, two half steps (Figure 3-1).


Figure 3-1: Natural Minor Scale.

b. On a keyboard, the interval relationships correspond to a white key scale from a to a (Figure 3-2).


Figure 3-2: "a" Natural Minor Scale.


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