List of natural minor scales

List of natural minor scales includes all of the existing natural minor scales, which are, in the music theory, ordered by a particular pattern. There are two approaches to ordering natural minor scales: by the circle of fifths or by the circle of fourths (sometimes referred to as a reversed circle of fifths). Both patterns are starting with an A natural minor scale because it is a relative scale of C major, which is considered to be a Natural scale (every relative minor scale starts with the sixth note of its relative major scale). As well as the C major scale, A natural minor scale does not contain any sharps of flats. When using the cycle of fifths, order of scales is determined, starting from an A natural minor, by a fifth note of the scale, which becomes the first note of the next scale, sustaining the same intervallic structure, which is always tonic, major second, minor third, perfect fourth, perfect fifth, minor sixth, and minor seventh. On the other hand, when using the cycle of fourths, the order of scales is determined, starting from an A natural minor, by the fourth note of the scale, which becomes the first note of the next scale, sustaining the same intervallic structure.

The main difference between the circle of fifths and circle of fourths is that scales which are ordered by a circle of fifths contain sharps, while the scales which are ordered by the circle of fourths contain flats.

The pattern by which harmonic and melodic minor scales are ordered is the same as with a natural minor scale. The only difference falls with the intervals of the scales, since harmonic minor has its seventh note raised, while melodic minor has its sixth and seventh notes raised, compared to the natural minor. Note that there are two types of melodic minor scale: classical and jazz. Classical melodic minor alters to a natural minor when played descending, while the jazz melodic minor is played in the same order, whether it is ascending or descending.

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List of natural minor scales with sharps

After the A natural minor scale, which contains neither sharps or flats, the scale which follows using the circle of fifths is an E natural minor scale (the minor scale which starts from the fifth note of the A natural minor scale), which contains one raised (sharpened note), F to F sharp.

e|---------------------------------------------------1---3---5---|
B|-------------------------------------------3---5---------------|
G|-------------------------------2---4---5-----------------------|
D|-------------------2---3---5-----------------------------------|
A|-------2---3---5-----------------------------------------------|
E|---5-----------------------------------------------------------|

A natural minor scale

e|----------------------------------------------------------0---2---3---|
B|-----------------------------------------------0---1---3--------------|
G|---------------------------------------0---2--------------------------|
D|---------------------------0---2---4----------------------------------|
A|---------------0---2---3----------------------------------------------|
E|---0---2---3----------------------------------------------------------|

E natural minor scale (relative of G major scale)

The next scale, B natural minor scale, contains two raised notes, F sharp and C sharp.

e|-----------------------------------------------2---3---5---|
B|-----------------------------------2---3---5---------------|
G|---------------------------2---4---------------------------|
D|---------------2---4---5-----------------------------------|
A|---2---4---5-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

B natural minor scale (relative of D major scale)

The next scale, F sharp minor scale, contains three raised notes, F sharp, C sharp, and G sharp.

e|-----------------------------------------------------2---4---5--|
B|------------------------------------------2---3---5-------------|
G|-----------------------------------2---4------------------------|
D|------------------------2---4---6-------------------------------|
A|-------------2---4---5------------------------------------------|
E|--2---4---5-----------------------------------------------------|

F sharp minor scale (relative of A major scale)

The next scale, C sharp natural minor scale, contains four raised notes, F sharp, C sharp, G sharp, and D sharp.

e|-----------------------------------------------4---5---7---|
B|-----------------------------------4---5---7---------------|
G|---------------------------4---6---------------------------|
D|---------------4---6---7-----------------------------------|
A|---4---6---7-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

C sharp natural minor scale (relative of E major scale)

The next scale, G sharp natural minor scale, contains five raised notes, F sharp, C sharp, G sharp, D sharp, and A sharp.

e|-------------------------------------------------------2---4---|
B|-------------------------------------------2---4---5-----------|
G|-------------------------------1---3---4-----------------------|
D|-------------------1---2---4-----------------------------------|
A|-------1---2---4-----------------------------------------------|
E|---4-----------------------------------------------------------|

G sharp natural minor scale (relative of B major scale)

The next scale, D sharp natural minor scale, contains six raised notes, F sharp, C sharp, G sharp, D sharp, A sharp, and E sharp.

e|-----------------------------------------------6---7---9---|
B|-----------------------------------6---7---9---------------|
G|---------------------------6---8---------------------------|
D|---------------6---8---8-----------------------------------|
A|---6---8---9-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

D sharp natural minor (relative of F sharp major scale)

The next scale, A sharp natural minor scale, contains seven raised notes, F sharp, C sharp, G sharp, D sharp, A sharp, E sharp, and B sharp.

e|-------------------------------------------------------4---6---|
B|-------------------------------------------4---6---7-----------|
G|-------------------------------3---5---6-----------------------|
D|-------------------3---4---6-----------------------------------|
A|-------3---4---6-----------------------------------------------|
E|---6-----------------------------------------------------------|

A sharp natural minor scale (relative of C sharp major scale)

The following scales would be (in this order) E sharp natural minor scale, B sharp natural minor scale, F## natural minor (double sharpened F) scale, C## natural minor (double sharpened C) scale, and G## natural minor scale (double sharpened G scale, which is equivalent to A natural minor scale). Circle of fifths shows that, when used, it ends with the scale from which it began, going throughout all of the twelve existing keys, in which all of the twelve existing notes appear. However, starting from the A sharp natural minor scale, in which all of the seven notes are raised, the next natural minor scale, F## would contain eight raised notes, which is impossible, since every major scale contains only seven notes. For this reason, the remaining major scales are most of the times ordered by using the circle of fourths, where major scales contain lowered, instead of raised notes.

Note: D sharp and A sharp natural minor scales are rarely used. When used, they are substituted with E flat and B flat natural minor scales, which do not contain sharps, but flats.

List of natural minor scales with flats

After the A natural minor scale, which contains neither sharps or flats, the scale which follows using the circle of fourths is a D natural minor scale (the minor scale which starts from the fourth note of the A natural minor scale), which contains one lowered note, B (A natural minor) to B flat (D natural minor).

e|---------------------------------------------------1---3---5---|
B|-------------------------------------------3---5---------------|
G|-------------------------------2---4---5-----------------------|
D|-------------------2---3---5-----------------------------------|
A|-------2---3---5-----------------------------------------------|
E|---5-----------------------------------------------------------|

A natural minor scale

e|-----------------------------------------------5---6---8---|
B|-----------------------------------5---6---8---------------|
G|---------------------------5---7---------------------------|
D|---------------5---7---8-----------------------------------|
A|---5---7---8-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

D natural minor scale (relative of F major scale)

The next scale, G natural minor scale, contains two lowered notes, B flat, and E flat.

e|-----------------------------------------------------3---5---6--|
B|------------------------------------------3---4---6-------------|
G|-----------------------------------3---5------------------------|
D|------------------------3---5---7-------------------------------|
A|-------------3---5---6------------------------------------------|
E|--3---5---6-----------------------------------------------------|

G natural minor scale (relative of B flat major scale)

The next scale, C natural minor scale, contains three lowered notes, B flat, E flat, and A flat.

e|-----------------------------------------------3---4---6---|
B|-----------------------------------3---4---6---------------|
G|---------------------------3---5---------------------------|
D|---------------3---5---6-----------------------------------|
A|---3---5---6-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

C natural minor scale (relative of E flat major scale)

The next scale, F natural minor scale, contains four lowered notes, B flat, E flat, A flat, and D flat.

e|-----------------------------------------------------1---3---4--|
B|------------------------------------------1---2---4-------------|
G|-----------------------------------1---3------------------------|
D|------------------------1---3---5-------------------------------|
A|-------------1---3---4------------------------------------------|
E|--1---3---4-----------------------------------------------------|

F natural minor scale (relative of A flat major scale)

The next scale, B flat natural minor scale, contains five lowered notes, B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, and G flat.

e|-----------------------------------------------1---2---4---|
B|-----------------------------------1---2---4---------------|
G|---------------------------1---3---------------------------|
D|---------------1---3---4-----------------------------------|
A|---1---3---4-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

B flat natural minor scale (relative of D flat major scale)

The next scale, E flat natural minor scale, contains six lowered notes, B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat, and C flat.

e|-----------------------------------------------6---7---9---|
B|-----------------------------------6---7---9---------------|
G|---------------------------6---8---------------------------|
D|---------------6---8---9-----------------------------------|
A|---6---8---9-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

E flat natural minor scale (relative of G flat major scale)

The next scale, C flat natural minor scale, contains seven lowered notes, B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat, C flat, and F flat.

e|-----------------------------------------------2---3---5---|
B|-----------------------------------2---3---5---------------|
G|---------------------------2---4---------------------------|
D|---------------2---4---5-----------------------------------|
A|---2---4---5-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

C flat natural minor scale (relative of D major scale)

Note: C flat natural minor is nowadays often substituted with its enharmonic scale - B natural minor scale, because it is much easier to use and operate with a scale which contains two sharps, instead of a scale which contains seven flats.