Let us play the A and C natural minor scales with both hands on the keyboard. You simply start on the tonic and apply the pattern (W-H-W-W-H-W-W). Once you hear how a minor scale is supposed to sound, you will be able to play every natural minor scale by listening.

chapter 3) Natural Minor Scale chapter 3) Natural Minor Scale

3. Key Relationships

You will notice that the C natural minor and C major scales are in a close relationship because they share the same tonic, C. The A minor scale also has a special relationship with the C major because they use the same seven diatonic pitches, which means they share the same key signature.

Relative keys are a pair of major and minor keys that share the same key signature. So, A minor is the relative minor of C major, and C major is the relative major of A minor. Parallel keys are a pair of major and minor keys that share the same tonic. C major is the parallel major of C minor, and C minor is the parallel minor of C major, so these two keys are in the parallel relationship. Let us exercise the scales in the relationships.

 

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