The Minor Scales

The Natural Minor Scale is one of three minor scales and is one of the most common scales used in music today so if you want to learn music you really have to know it, the biggest problem people have with learning a new scale is the fingering, so I’ll show you how to learn it here, the scale that I’m covering here, is the one that everyone knows, if your playing it in A then it goes from A to A hitting only the white notes, and it’s the relative minor of C, so all you have to do is play the C major scale but starting on A, the 6th degree.

OK so on to the fingering, for most of the harder key signatures you can use the same fingering that you use for the relative major scale, so if you wanted to play D flat minor you would use the same fingering as G flat Major 234 123 1234 123 12 but starting on the 3 so it would be 3 1234 123 1234 123, you can start on the second finger instead of the third but after that you keep going with the G flat fingering, if you want to find out what the relative major is then go up three semitones from the first note of the minor scale, so if you were on A you’d go up to C, and visa versa.

Click here to see what the fingering is for all the major scales.

I’ll go through a few of the other keys to show you how to work out the fingering for the rest. For A minor you can use 123 1234 123 12345 because it has no sharps or flats. It’s the same with a few others as well, like E minor because it only has one sharp which is F. You should be able to work these ones out for yourself but if you get to one of the harder ones with lots of sharps or flats, then revert back to the fingering for the relative major scale.

Well that’s it for the natural minor scales so I hope you have the information that you need now to get practicing on those minor scales, if you want an easy way of remembering the order of sharps it’s (fat cats get drunk at every bar) F C G D A E B and for the flats remember it’s the word bead followed by g and c so you get B E A D G C.
Here is a course with a great way of learning scales and keys that's fun too.

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