I've just been studying the circle of fifths, spent some time learning it, as it really confused me before but uh, i'll start this question with an example.

Say I was playing in D minor, I could also play in the F major scale (I think that's what the lesson said anyway >_> as most of the notes are the same, does that mean that D is F's natural minor?

Christ i'm confused. If that post makes any sense, could someone please clarify what the hell i'm talking about to me :> I'm just starting to learn some theory, and it's pretty confusing.
Yes, D minor has exactly the same notes as F Major. So D minor is the relative (natural) minor of F major
Remember The Sixth degree or sixth mode (Aeolian) of any major scale is it`s natural minor scale which is also sometimes called relative minor scale because,well, it`s related(same notes).
Last edited by Zimwibwe at Jan 15, 2007,
D is F's "natural minor," be we have a different term for it. We call D minor F's relative minor. When you learn how to use scale, you have to remember that a scale is simply a group of notes, NOT A POSITION ON THE NECK. While it makes perfect sense to play a lick from a 10th fret D minor pentatonic over an F chord, you wouldn't call the scale a D minor scale. You would call different things depending on the chord under it, in this case F major.