Scales: C Melodic Minor

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The Melodic Minor Scale is unique among scales because some of the notes change depending on whether you are going up the scale or down.

C Melodic Minor Scale: Notation and Keyboard Layout…

Ascending, the 6 and 7 are “borrowed” from the C Major scale…



… but descending, the notes are identical to the C Natural Minor scale…



Why is this minor scale called “melodic? The melodic minor scale is no more “melodic” than other minor scales, but in some (not all) musical contexts, the voice leading just sounds better using LaTi going up and LeTe going down.

Ear Training

Reading and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is a very effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in a musical scale. Reminder: It is absolutely essential that you sing these out loud… and to play and sing slowly enough to allow the unique sound-feeling of each solfege syllable to make an impression on your mind’s ear.

C Melodic Minor Scale: Linear





C Major Scale: Do-X-Do




Many other patterns are possible as well, but at this point your time is better spent going right to the kinds of music that YOU want to play for your study-practice material.


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