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Minor Keys

7 January, 2015 - 11:07
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Since minor scales follow a different pattern of intervals than major keys, they will produce chord progressions with important differences from major key progressions.

Exercise 5.16:

Write (triad) chords that occur in the keys of a minor, e minor and d minor. Remember to begin each triad on a note of the natural minor scale and to include only notes in the scale in each chord. Which chord relationships are major? Which minor? Which diminished? If you need staff paper, print this PDF file.

Exercise 5.17

In the harmonic minor scale, the seventh scale degree is raised by a half step. Which chords would this change? How would it change them? Why does the harmonic minor scale (so-called because it is useful in harmony) do this? Which altered chords would be used most often?