Minor Scale    

Once you know how to play your major scale, playing the minor scale is actually very easy. In order to play the minor scale of a chord we must introduce a new term called "relative minor".

Relative minor of a key is the sixth note of the major scale of that particular key. For example the relative minor of C is A minor (or short form Am)

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So the A minor (Am) scale has the same notes as the C major scale. The only difference is their starting point.

C major scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B

A minor scale: A, B, C, D, E, F, G

C major scale

Notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C

A minor scale

Notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A

The 12 different Minor Scale

A minor scale

Notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A

Bb minor scale

Notes: Bb, C, C#, Eb, F, F#, Ab, Bb

B minor scale

Notes: B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B

C minor scale

Notes: C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C

C# minor scale

Notes: C#, Eb, E, F#, Ab, A, B, C#

D minor scale

Notes: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C, D

Eb minor scale

Notes: Eb, F, F#, Ab, Bb, B, C#, Eb

E minor scale

Notes: E, F#, G, A, B, C, D, E

F minor scale

Notes: F, G, Ab, Bb, C, C#, Eb, F

F# minor scale

Notes: F#, Ab, A, B, C#, D, E, F#

G minor scale

Notes: G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G

Ab minor scale

Notes: Ab, Bb, B, C#, Eb, E, F#, Ab

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