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Melodic Minor Scale

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Melodic Minor Scale

Many people don’t know there are multiple minor scales. We’ll focus on the Melodic Minor scale here.  The melodic minor scale is often used when singing is involved because it is easier to sing than the harmonic minor scale (The natural minor scale is used most).  The melodic minor scale may also be referred to as the “Ascending Melodic Minor Scale,” because some feel it should be used for going UP the scale exclusively.

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Melodic Minor Scale Notes by Interval

2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1 (Half Steps)   or…
whole, half, whole, whole, whole, whole, half

Examples of a melodic minor scale in the keys of A, C, and E

C minor melodic scale

C, D, D#, F, G, A, B

A melodic minor scale

A, B, C, D, E, F#, G#

E melodic minor scale

E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D#

For more help, here is a downloadable music scale chart and music mode chart combined, including the melodic minor scale. All minor scale notes including natural, melodic and harmonic.

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