The Natural Minor Scale

This scale gives the feeling of melancholy and sad melodies. So what does it look like:-

The A Natural Minor Scale has the notes –

Root, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Octave.

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

In terms of semi-tones from the root note (A) you get

A – B = 2 semitones (same as the major scale)

A – C = 3 semitones (one less than the major scale)

A – D = 5 semitones (same as the major scale)

A – E = 7 semitones (same as the major scale)

A – F = 8 semitones (one less than the major scale)

A – G = 10 semitones (one less than the major scale)

The notes that are a semi tone less than the major scale give the scale its sadder sound. Building chords on these notes gives 3 Minor chords and if you use them more than the other chords that reinforces the mood of the scale. The Minor chords are:-

A Minor (Root chord)

D Minor (4th chord)

E Minor (5th chord)

By then using melodies that are centred around the notes C, F and G you will get even sadder melodies. Using them with the A (root note) will make the mood even stronger. Enjoy.

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