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Minor Scales


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The following scales are natural minor scales played on a c-diatonic harmonica.

For the exact notes in each of the scales please refer to the scalefinder .


The natural minor scale is constructed in the following order of whole (w) and half (h) steps.
w-h-w-w-h-w-w

in the key of C this becomes: C D Eb F G Ab Bb C

 

Playlist of all scales

C minor scale, first position
G minor scale, second position
D minor scale, third position
A minor scale, fourth position
E minor scale, fifth position
B minor scale, sixth position
F# minor scale, seventh position
C# minor scale, eighth position
Ab minor scale, ninth position
Eb minor scale, tenth position
Bb minor scale, eleventh position
F minor scale, twelfth position

second octave:

C minor scale, first position
G minor scale, second position
D minor scale, third position
A minor scale, fourth position
E minor scale, fifth position
B minor scale, sixth position
F# minor scale, seventh position
C# minor scale, eighth position
Ab minor scale, ninth position
Eb minor scale, tenth position
Bb minor scale, eleventh position
F minor scale, twelfth position

third octave:

C minor scale, first position

User Contributed Notes
 
09-05-2012 02:30
Tinus
@Cassia: usually when there are extra holes on the harmonica notes are added on the low end as the high end doesn't get played much and is pretty high already. Check the SBS tunings to see what happens to those extra notes at the lowend.
08-05-2012 05:26
Cassia
I was trying to figure out the tunes on my harmonica by comparing it with my piano, and I got it all done. But, I was wondering...What if there was an 11th hole? What would its note be?
10-10-2011 19:17
Kieron
Thanks Titus, it's back to school for me ;)
10-10-2011 01:41
Tinus
@Kieron You have it completely wrong :)
F is the fifth of Bb so it is second position on a Bb harmonica. The fact that it is major or minor doesn't change the fact that it is second position. If the tune was in Ab major or Ab minor then it would be 11th position.
09-10-2011 22:26
Kieron
Hi Tinus,

I was wondering if you could help me with a position question. I have always played by ear and my music theory knowledge is sadly lacking, but I am slowing trying to put this right and your videos are a great help.

Here I am playing 'Michelle'(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2JVP7Vk2yk) which I believe is in the key of Fm (but I am not 100% certain). If it is, then It is my understanding that Ab is the relative key to Fm, looking on my circle of fifths diagram.

I am playing a Bb harmonica, so am I in 11th postion or have I got this completely wrong? :) There are overblows on 4 & 6 and 3 draw bends on hole 3.

Thank you



Regards


Kieron
02-09-2010 11:42
Bill Davies
Motivated by listening to Lionel Ritchie's "Hello" I dug my harps out (about 8 years dormant) and tried to find the right key. I have one Natural minor harp [Lee Oskar Am(N)] and this one seems to do it. Having a little difficulty with an occassional note, I wanted to be sure of the actual notes used in this harp scale. Took me ages, and I'm not 100% sure I have the answer yet.

Then I found your website. I have not really explored it yet, but I am mightily impressed. Your website may cause me to take up the harp again.

Thank you in anticipation of future music.

03-04-2008 13:11
Tinus
Purchase a minor scale? But it is already yours. You can sing it while you walk down the street and there will be no lawyers trying to claim copyright.
03-04-2008 04:37
Raymond F Smith
would like to purchase the whole minor scalewhere do i go
02-04-2007 01:14
Tinus
In general all the scales that have rootnotes that are played as an overblow or bent note are difficult because of the difficulty in starting on the right pitch. Once you have the right starting pitch you will be okay.
Especially difficult are the Eb minor scales. The lower one because of the hole 1 overblow that it starts on. The higher one because the transition between the hole 8 bent note and the hole 7 overdraw is a difficult one to play fluently.
01-04-2007 23:44
Sergei Volkov
Impressive. Is there a particularly difficult one?
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