How To Play Minor Scales





Here is a list of traditional songs to practice in minor keys:

I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long
I Feel Like A Motherless Child
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
Go Tell It On The Mountain (verse is in minor; chorus is in major)
Go Down Moses
Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho
Motherless Child Really Sees It Hard
Wade In The Water
Weepin' Mary
What Child Is This
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
We Three Kings
Be Grateful in E minor
Lord I Try in Db minor
Call Me in E minor
With the Love of the Lord E minor

http://www.learngospelmusic.com/forums/index.php/topic,53462.0.html


Listen to Victory Is Mine
D minor and all minor chords version


http://www.learngospelmusic.com/media/displayimage.php?album=432&pos=2





Duane has an excellent chart on minor chords. learn to play chords in the minor scales.

http://www.playpiano.com/Tips/MinorChords.htm


Duane Shinn says "Minor chords create a sound which is somber or serious; some people even think of minor chords as "sad", as opposed to major chords which sound "normal", or "happy". Some of the great classics are written in minor keys, including Fur Elise by Beethoven, Prelude in C# Minor by Rachmaninoff, Prelude in Cm by Chopin, and many others. In popular music there is "Summertime", "A Taste of Honey", "'Round Midnight", etc. and in folk music there is "Greensleeves", "Dark Eyes", "Volga Boatman","When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and many more."

http://www.pianolessonreviews.com/minorchords.html


* Mary Did You Know- Kathy Mattea

Em D Am Bsus B7
Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water

Em D Am Bsus B7
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters

Am D G D/F# Em
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new

Am Am Bsus B
This child that you've delivered will soon deliver you



Em D Am Bsus B7
Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man

Em D Am Bsus B7
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand

Am D G D/F# Em
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod

Am Am Bsus B7
When you've kissed your little baby then you've kissed the face of God



Em D Am Bsus B7 Em D Am Bsus B7
Mary did you know Mary did you know


C D Em D C
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again

Am D Em Bsus B7
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb



Em D Am Bsus B7
Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation

Em D Am Bsus B7
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations

Am D G D/F# Em
Did you know that your baby boy was heaven's perfect lamb

Am Am Bsus B7 Em D Am B7 Em
This sleeping child you're holding is the great "I AM"

http://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/mattea-kathy/mary-did-you-know-39983.html



* The Natural Minor Scales

These scales have seven different scale degrees. There are half steps between the second and third and the fifth and sixth degrees; whole steps exist between all other steps. Shown below is the A minor scale.



* The Harmonic Minor Scale

This scale is the same as the natural minor scale, except the seventh step is raised a half step. There is now an interval of one half step between the seventh and eighth notes, and one and a half steps between the sixth and seventh notes. This is a harmonic A minor.



* The Melodic Minor Scale

This is another minor scale variation. In this scale, the sixth and seventh notes are each raised one half step. All the patterns to this point have been the same as one climbs and descends the scales. The melodic minor scale, however, ascends with the modifications noted above, but descends in the natural minor scale. This is a melodic A minor.




http://www.numbera.com/musictheory/theory/scalesandkeys.aspx


* Free Downloads from Edward Weiss

Coral Reef- very pretty piece in A minor

Forest Path- so beautiful, you'll want to get the music by Quiescence Music

Cirrus- another pretty one page song


http://www.newagepianolessons.com


* How Music Works: Harmonic Minor Scale
Great article here


http://www.howmusicworks.org/hmw404.asp


* The secret to playing harmonic minor scales
Jermaine Griggs over at Hearandplay wrote a great blog entry on minor scales


http://www.hearandplay.com/main/the-secret-to-playing-harmonic-minor-scales


Piano Lesson #5 - The A Minor Scale by MillerMusicStudiosTV


Piano Lesson #5 - How to find any relative minor scale. This video concentrates on the A minor scale as relative to C Major. We cover the 3 types of minor scales and how to practice them. Also, the fifth & final section of Circus Music Duet... Diane does a great job with this teaching tutorial of minor scales.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2E2YQ6gtxY


An example of a minor song, Arabian Nights, sample page download:

http://sheet-music.8k.com/disney-free.html


Hear and Play Jazz 201: How To Find The Melodic Minor For Any Dominant Chord

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2pol_Uv0K8


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So, to recap today's post... practice playing:

A relative minor scale (all white keys)
A B C D E F G A

A harmonic minor scale (sharp the 7th tone 1/2 step)
A B C D E F G# A

A melodic minor scale
A B C D E F# G# A (ascending)
A G# F E D C B A (descending)



All the best,
~ LadyD



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