( Log Out /  Common Misconceptions About Learning Piano. Next in our lesson on piano scales we take a look at the melodic minor scale. This is because there is no black key between them. Its notes are D – F – Ab. Now that we have talked about both the natural minor and harmonic minor scales, lets take a minute to introduce the 3 rd minor scale in our repertoire: the melodic minor scale. Of course, if you have only been playing harmonic minor in the previous grades, this may be a bit overwhelming (you are required to learn all 12 melodic minor scales for grade 6), so it is always better to start learning them 1-2 grades earlier (after you have mastered the harmonic minor scales, to avoid confusion). Ascending melodic minor scales turn into the major scale once you’ve passed the flatten third. (W-H-W-W-W-W-H) The descending formula is the natural minor scale formula backwards. I usually encourage students to choose harmonic minor as it is easier to learn and remember the fingering and notes (you do not need to remember 2 different sets of notes and fingering for ascending and descending). ( Log Out /   Left Hand: B flat Melodic Minor Scale Video: Its notes are Eb – G – Bb. Left hand: E Melodic Minor Scale Video: Now let's try to use this pattern and build another natural minor scale. Major 2nd: D is the 2nd note of the scale. Here’s a diagram of the harmonic C minor scale on piano. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. For example: Natural C Minor Scale = C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, Harmonic C Minor Scale = C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, B, C, The formula for forming a harmonic minor scale is W-H-W-W-H-W 1/2-H. (Whole step – half step – whole step – whole step – half step – whole step and a 1/2 step – half step.). Because of that, it’s good to understand all three. What's the difference between a harmonic minor scale and a melodic minor scale? Perfect 4th: F is the 4th note of the scale. C Melodic Minor Scale. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. The Natural Minor Scale Am I a Pass, Merit, or Distinction Student? For grades 1 to 5, students are given a choice of playing either harmonic or melodic minor scales. Please note that the scales here are not arranged by order of difficulty, but rather in a chronological order. Chord VII: Bb major. When you first begin melodic minor scales they can seem very daunting! Right hand: A natural minor scale/key consists of the same notes as its relative major. Let’s start with the C natural minor scale. For this scale, you raise the sixth and seventh notes by a half step as you go up the scale and then return to the natural minor as you go down the scale. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The Melodic Minor scale, in traditional application, has a different formula … ______________________________________________________________________, G sharp Melodic Minor Scale Video: It ascends or descends for one octave using the major scale’s key signature. Here’s the scale on the bass clef. The Melodic Minor scale, in traditional application, has a different formula … ______________________________________________________________________. ( Log Out /  This scale is kind of peculiar since it is sometimes played differently ascending and descending. To build a C natural minor scale, starting on C, we take a whole step to D. Next, we take a half step to Eb. Work out the relative major. ______________________________________________________________________, Right Hand: Perfect 5th: G is the 5th note of the scale.  Left Hand: Notes of the A minor harmonic scale: How to Build a Melodic Minor Scale. Chord iv: F minor. Perfect 8th: C (one octave higher) is the 8th note of the C natural minor scale. Its notes are F – Ab – C. Chord v: G minor. They’re completely different things but we use the same word. This minor scale also begins on the 6th degree of the relative major scale. The three groups of Minor scales are: The Natural Minor (see below) The Melodic Minor; The Harmonic Minor; The Natural Minor Scale is often referred to simply as “the Minor Scale”. E flat Melodic Minor Scale Video: Well, a melodic minor scale is the scale you'll play that acts as the main tune, or melody, of a song, while a harmonic minor scale is the scale you'll play to harmonize or complement the melodic tune. Here’s the Cm scale on the piano keyboard. They are as follows: Thumb: 1, index finger: 2, middle finger: 3, ring finger: 4 and pinky finger: 5.