Fundamentals of
SCALES AND KEY SIGNATURES

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9. Harmonic Minor Scale Degree Activity.

a. The harmonic minor scale evolved because of the lack of tendency tones in natural minor. The harmonic form of the minor scale develops a better balance of tendency tones in minor keys (Figure 3-16).


Figure 3-16: Scale Degree Activity.

b. The three half steps (augmented second) between the submediant and the leading tone can cause melodic problems.

 


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