The Minor Scale
If you were writing a scale without accidentals before the
notes, (like flats, sharps or naturals), you would put the
and that tells you which flats or sharps to use.
Each minor key shares a
with a major key. A
minor key is called the 'relative minor' of the major key that has the same key
signature. The minor scales start 3 half-steps lower than the relative major
So major scale of C - no sharps or flats - all the white notes
of the piano.
Relative minor - 3 half-steps down from C - is A minor.
Major scale of G - this has an F sharp in key signature.
Relative minor - 3 half-steps down from G - is E minor.
Major scale of F - this has a B flat in the key signature.
Relative minor - 3 half-steps down - is D minor.
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