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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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11. The Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales

Having by now studied both major and minor scales, you are in a good position to start using that knowledge to good effect in your music. Major/minor represents the total spectrum of scales recognized in conventional music theory. There are other scales that we’ll consider later in this book, but for now we’ll concentrate on these two.

The minor key is much more complex than the major. This is because the minor scale occurs in a number of different forms. The form we have considered so far is the natural minor scale. Popular music without the natural minor scale would not be as rich or varied. It is and does remain, along with the major scale, one of the staple resources for songwriters, composers, and ...

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