In the simplest terms, there are two primary emotional qualities in music: major and minor.  The major quality, as heard in the major scale, is almost universally perceived as "bright" or


"happy" and forms the basis of a large number of melodies in a great variety of styles.  The minor quality, on the other hand, is usually perceived as "dark" or "sad", a quality reflected in minor scales.  There are several different versions of minor scales, but the essential difference between the major and minor qualities comes down to  a single note: the third scale degree.  The major scale has a major third degree (whole step), while all minor scales have a minor third degree (half step).  This small difference in interval quality, and its resulting emotional effect, is one of the most powerful in music.

Understand the formula for the Minor Scale. Play and memorize the A Minor Scale below.

the A minor scale explained


Play the Minor Scales below.  Realize that it's the same Pattern being played; at different starting points.  If you start the Minor Scale Patten at a G; the scale name is G Minor Scale.  If

you start at an A the scale name is A Minor Scale.


Play the scales consecutively until you have them memorized.


tab for the minor scale pratice progressions
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