Fundamentals of
SCALES AND KEY SIGNATURES

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6. Natural Minor Scale Degree Activity.

a. Compared to a major scale on the same tonic, the natural minor scale has a lowered mediant (third), lowered submediant (sixth) and a subtonic (seventh) (Figure 3-11).


Figure 3-11: Comparing Major and Natural Minor Scales.

b. The scale degree activity in natural minor scales is different from major scales because the pattern of whole steps and half steps is different (Figure 3-12).


Figure 3-12: Major and Natural Minor Scale Degree Activity.

 


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