Can’t get your head around the three types of minor scales? Don’t despair! This tutorial explains the difference between the Natural, Harmonic and Melodic minors. I also delve into why we have three forms of the minor scale in the first place! There are lots of written and musical examples so you can see and hear the difference.

0:22 Introduction
0:37 Reference to downloadable summary of this Tutorial
0:51 How to describe a minor scale
1:17 Natural Minors – A Natural Minor as an example
1:52 Rule for natural minors
2:21 C Natural Minor as additional example
3:00 Ordering of Tones and Semitones in a natural minor scale
3:21 Harmonic Minors introduction
3:51 A Harmonic Minor as an example
4:39 Rule for harmonic minors
4:54 C Harmonic Minor as additional example
5:34 Raising a flat to a natural in a scale
6:08 Ordering of Tones and Semitones in a harmonic minor scale
6:30 Melodic Minors introduction
6:47 A Melodic Minor as an example
8:10 Rule for melodic minors
8:41 Ordering of Tones and Semitones in a melodic minor scale
9:06 Why we have three forms of the minor scale introduction
9:22 Why we have the harmonic form of the minor scale
12:00 Why we have the melodic form of the minor scale
12:58 Comparing the natural minor with the Aeolian mode
15:05 Concluding remarks and summary

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