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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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9. The Natural Minor Scale

For the computer musician, the key of C major provides a very good place to start the study of the various musical scales, chords, and chord progressions that underlie both popular and electronic music. Because C major uses only the white keys of your MIDI keyboard, it is quite easy to remember. It is also easier to play and record music in this key. Yet it would be a mistake to allow your knowledge to stop with the scale of C major. There are many other interesting keys and scales used by musicians. Initially, it is important to look closely at one key because the same principles apply equally to another. The difference is the starting pitch—tonic—upon which the key is built. Knowledge you acquire about one key, therefore, ...

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