Melodic Minor – Uses?

Asked by: Joseph Mosqueda

4 Ways to Use the Melodic Minor Scale

  • Over Minor Chords. Obviously the first way to use the melodic minor scale is over a minor chord. …
  • Dominant Chords (V7 #11) Playing from the fourth note of a melodic minor scale you can create a V7 #11 or lydian dominant sound. …
  • Altered Dominant Chords. …
  • Major Chords (Major 7 #5)

When would you use the melodic minor scale?

In Classical music theory the melodic minor and natural minor are combined into one scale. The melodic minor is used when ascending the scale, the natural minor is used when descending the scale.

What songs use melodic minor scale?

All my troubles seem.

Why do melodic minors exist?

To fix it, we can simply raise the 6th degree so that it’s now a major second away from the 7th. The 6th and 7th degrees of the scale are sharpened for a smoother melody. This produces a smoother melody leading up to that tonic in bar 4. And this is why the ascending form of the melodic minor scale is necessary.

What chords work with melodic minor?

Once you have harmonized the melodic minor scale you get two dominant 7th chords on the fourth and the fifth degree, two minor seventh chords (which on as a major seventh) on the first and second degree, one major seventh augmented chord (III) and two minor seventh flat fifth chords on degrees VI & VII.

What is unique about the melodic minor scale?

The melodic minor scale uses different notes depending on whether it is ascending or descending. When going up, a melodic minor scale has a flat third (or minor third) degree, and raised sixth and seventh degrees.

What genre uses melodic minor?


Jazz is the contemporary genre that makes the most use of a melodic minor, but it does so in an unusual way. A jazz minor scale (also known as an altered scale) involves playing a melodic minor scale starting one-half step above the root of an accompanying chord.

What does melodic minor sound like?

You get this sort of minor chord with a major seventh. So C minor with a major seventh. This is one of the chords that gets produced from this melodic minor scale.

Is Dorian the same as melodic minor?

The modern Dorian mode is equivalent to the natural minor scale (or the Aeolian mode) but with a major sixth. The modern Dorian mode resembles the Greek Phrygian harmonia in the diatonic genus. It is also equivalent to the ascending melodic minor scale with a minor seventh.

How do you practice melodic minor scale?

So I'm starting from my third fifth son I'm actually playing the ninth there of F. But don't be the minor. Third. I'll be the fifth obviously and then that's the major seventh.

How do you play melodic minor on guitar?

And you can see we have a triad just basic c triad. And then basic c sorry a d minor triad off the second degree there so the first two are both minor. And you come up with a fairly.

When would you use a harmonic minor?

The harmonic minor is perfect for generating hip II-V-I lines because it has the b9 and b13 of the V7 chord embedded in it and it allows you to simplify the entire II-V-I into one single reductive scale. It works over all three chords and has a strong sense of tonality and unity.

What is the difference between melodic minor and natural minor?

Melodic minor, however, differs from the natural minor scale by also having a 6th that is a half-step higher. The melodic minor scale is like natural minor, but with a raised 6th and 7th. Remember the unusual one-and-a-half step interval between the 6 and 7 of the harmonic minor scale?

What is the easiest minor key?

the natural minor

Start with the natural minor, because it is the easiest to learn and remember, and it’s also the most common minor scale used in popular music.

How do you use a harmonic and melodic minor?

Minor when we're going up the scale we're going to raise the sixth note as well so that b flat is going to become a b. Natural so have a listen to how the harmonic as how the melodic minor.

Which minor scale should I learn first?

Well the most common scale to learn first is the Minor Pentatonic Scale. That’s the one that I recommend that you start with and it is included in my beginners course. Once you have that one down (and can use it) then you should explore the Major Scale.

What’s the difference between harmonic and melodic minor?

A harmonic minor scale differs from a natural minor scale in that the seventh note is raised one semitone. Melodic minor scales raise both the sixth and seventh notes one semitone when ascending, but when descending, the sixth and seventh notes are flattened, producing the natural minor scale.

What scales can I play over a minor?

The Pentatonic scale is the easiest and most effective scale to play over a minor key and is capable of beautiful bluesy, dark and soulful sounds. The scale is widely used in pop, rock, blues and other styles of music.