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vlove
minor scales
October 17, 2005 05:23PM
Whats a quick way to find the relative minor scales to major scales B,F#,C#
Re: minor scales
October 19, 2005 08:37PM
vlove Wrote:
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> Whats a quick way to find the relative minor
> scales to major scales B,F#,C#
>

Hello,
As long as you know the key signature, it's pretty easy to get the relative minor key. The relative minor key is always the 6th degree of the major scale (or you can count 2 notes down instead of going up). Usually the trick is knowing the key signature, though....

So for example, B major. You know the relative minor is going to be down 2 notes in the scale, so G *something*, but you'll need the key signature for B major to know if it's Gb minor, G# minor, etc.. In this case, B major is 5 sharps, F C G D A. Since that G sharp is in the key sig, now you know the relative minor is G# minor.

It works the same with all major keys. In C# major, the notes are ALL sharp, so when you count down two notes in this key signature you land on A# minor.

Does that help?

There are lots of other ways to do it -- jump down a minor 3rd, or think of it as a half-step then a whole-step downwards. You can also deal with the more "complicated" seeming keys by thinking about a simpler key right next to it -- for example, you *know* that the relative minor of C major is A minor... so you can tell right away that the relative minor of C# major is A# minor (everything is just up a half-step). And the relative minor of Cb major (yeah, pretty rare key!) is Ab minor.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/02/2006 11:36PM by Admin. (view changes)
Kristen
Re: minor scales
December 10, 2005 10:13AM
Another way to think about it this: Say you want to find the key signature for B minor. Well, if you know the key signature for B Major, you can take the B Major scale, and lower the 3, 6, and 7 scale degree each a half step. That won't get you the relative minor of a key, but it will help you out if you just need to know a specific minor key
Re: minor scales
March 22, 2006 11:35AM
>It works the same with all major keys.
>In C# major, the notes are ALL sharp,
>so when you count down two notes in this key signature

>>you land on E# minor

Right here Rob means A# minor

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Re: minor scales
April 02, 2006 11:35PM
hippsta Wrote:
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> Right here Rob means A# minor
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Thanks; good catch. I'm correcting this in the post above so people don't get confused.
-Rob
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