# the minor scale

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by dubstyle5000, Jan 31, 2005.

1. ### dubstyle5000Guest

Jan 24, 2005
Milwaukee, WI
I've been learning a lot of stuff lately, especially from some of you guys who hang around here. It's been cool. I'm glad I discovered this site, everyone is so helpful. Rock!

I've been away from the site for a few days, trying to do some learning idependently (sp?). I came across a little hitch. I found out that the I, IV and V of a major scale are majors, while the ii, iii and vi are minor. Right so far? I think so...

That information was great to know. I've been able to do some cool things with that knowledge. Then I wanted to figure out which intervals of the minor scale are minor, and which are major. When I try to work through it by counting the space between the intervals, I am finding that the distance between each interval is a minor third... no majors. Is that right? It doesn't seem like it could be.

DS5

2. ### Ed Fuqua

Dec 13, 1999
NYC
Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
Sounds like you're looking at something wrong. Rather than counting interval spaces let's us look at the actual notes.

C major
C D E F G A B C, OK?
Counting spaces, from C whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step , half step. OK?
Intervals (calculated from the root, C)
C - D = (major)second
C - E = major 3rd
C - F = perfect 4th
C - G = perfect 5th
C - A = major 6th
C - B = major 7th

Triads built on the major scale
CEG - maj - I
DFA - minor - ii
EGB - minor - iii
FAC - major - IV
GBD - major -V
ACE - minor - vi
BDF - diminished - viio

So to make a NATURAL minor scale, you have to flatten the 3rd and the 6th and the 7th, right?
C D Eb F G Ab Bb C, right?

So your interval relationship (again from the root)
C -D = (major) second
C - Eb = minor 3rd
C- F = perfect 4th
C- G = perfect 5th
C -Ab = minor sixth
C - Bb = minor seventh (or flat seventh or dominant seventh)