MINOR SCALE LESSON
Characteristic chords = C minor, F minor, G minor (i iv v)
Sounds standard / normal – used often in modern music, pop music, etc.C Harmonic minor = C D Eb F G Ab B
Characteristic chords = C minor, G major, (i and V) with use of F minor and Ab major (iv and VI).
Used in early classical music (Beethoven etc), Cuban jazz music, and modern day pop songs that are trying to emulate a classical sound (like ‘Survivor’ by Destiny’s Child).
Sounds serious, classical, and slightly fancy.
C melodic minor = C D Eb F G A B
Characteristic chords = C minor 6 (C Eb G A), or C minor major 7 (C Eb G B).
Sounds old fashioned (40’s – 50’s), featured in film noir soundtracks like Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ – composed by Bernard Herrmann.
Sounds classy, relaxing, perfect for a sunny afternoon.
C dorian scale = C D Eb F G A Bb
Characteristic chords = C minor, F major, (i and IV) and sometimes D minor too (ii).
Sounds dark but hopeful – C minor is the dark sound, F major is the hopeful sound.
Musical references: ‘Earth Song’ by Michael Jackson, ‘Mad World’ by Gary Jules, ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ by Pink Floyd.