C Natural Minor Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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Why is the Natural Minor Scale called “natural”?

Perhaps it is because the “Natural Minor” is the minor scale that the key signature for tonal minor music is based on. How this makes this scale “natural” is debatable, but that’s what the people who made the rules decided to call it.

C Natural Minor Scale: Notation, Scale Degrees, Solfege, & Keyboard Layout…

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Comparative Scale Study: Compare the C Natural Minor Scale to the C Major Scale and notice that…

  • Mi becomes Me (both start with the letter M… Me = “Mi flat”).
  • La becomes Le (both start with the letter L… Le = “La flat”).
  • Ti becomes Te (both start with the letter T… Te = “Ti flat”).

Comparative Ear Training: Mi is the defining note that makes music sound major and Me is the defining note that makes music sound minor. Play and sing the “bottom three” notes of the Major scale (Do Re Mi) and Minor scale (Do Re Me) side by side. Be sure to sustain each note long enough for the “bright” sound/feeling of Mi and the “dark” sound/feeling of Me to really sink in. Notice how these notes dramatically define the sound, feeling, and character of their respective scales. Do the same comparative listening between LaLe and TiTe.


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. It is critically important that you play and sing these studies slowly enough to allow the sound-feelings to make an impression on your mind’s ear.

C Natural Minor Scale: Linear, Ascending…

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C Natural Minor Scale: Linear, Descending…

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C Natural Minor Scale: Do-X-Do, Ascending…

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C Natural Minor Scale: Do-X-Do, Descending…

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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.

learn more… C Melodic Minor Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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