#1
Just want o write a song in a minor key so I checked what they're made up of:

Tone = T SemiTone = s

T s T T s T s

2 1 2 2 1 2 1


This works fine for C:

C minor

C D Eb F G Ab Bb C


But I tried to build A minor and B minor and it didn't work...

A minor

A B C D E F G A#


B Minor

B C# D E F# G A A#


Surely these should end in A and B respectively, What have I done wrong here, I've only followed the formula.
#4
well, a harmonic minor goes tone, semitone, tone, tone, semitone, minor 3rd, semitone.

so C harmonic minor is C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, B, C

A harmonic minor is A, B, C, D, E, F, G#, A

B harmonic minor is B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A#, B

get it?
#5
well thats where I was going wrong, the article i read on it must've had it wrong, so what is a minor 3rd in terms of frets? in relation to tone, semitone?
#6
i better make sure the chords were right as well then is it...

Min, Dim, Maj, Min, Min, Maj, Maj, Min

?
#8
um, strictly speaking, the chords would be... minor, diminished, augmented, minor, major, major, diminished.
#9
You'll probably find it alot more effecient to use a scale degree formula in relation to the major scale...


Harmonic Minor Scale formula: [B]1 - 2 - b3 - 4 - 5 - b6 - 7[/B].

Harmonic Minor Chords: [B]i - ii° - bIII+ - iv - V - bVI - vii°[/B].


The scale you described in your first post (C D Eb F G Ab Bb C) is the C natural minor scale, not the C harmonic minor scale.


         C Major Scale: [B]C - D - E - F - G - A - B[/B].
Harmonic Minor formula: [B]1 - 2 - b3 - 4 - 5 - b6  - 7[/B].
C Harmonic Minor scale: [B]C - D - Eb - F - G - Ab - B[/B].


See.. ? And just a heads up, this would get a lot more replies and information if you'd have posted it in the Musicians Talk forum.
Last edited by Johnljones7443 at Sep 12, 2006,