# Melodic Minor Demystified With the Power of the Number 11

Easy formula to shorten your learning curve.

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**melodic minor**which shows which interval are flattened in each diatonic mode to produce this effect.

I will be presupposing a knowledge of the diatonic modes, their formulas and very basic use of compound intervals.

I will be showing this for

**melodic minor**and will explain how to apply it to

**harmonic major**also.

Please don't be afraid as once you learn this method it will reduce the amount of patterns you will need to learn in isolation. Instead you will have an awareness of how to create these scales by tweaking the patterns you already know which will reduce your learning curve dramatically. So strap in and let's get going!

Melodic minor modes are ruled by 11.

In these examples we are flattening one note in each mode.

### Start with **Ionian** to get mode 1 of MM.

11-1=10

**3rd**. So to get the first melodic minor pattern it is

**Ionian**with a

**b3**.

### Mode 2 of MM** - Dorian**

11-2=9

**2nd**so this time we flat the

**2nd**degree of

**Dorian**to get the second MM scale pattern.

### Mode 3 of MM - **Phrygian **

11-3=8

**Phrygian**with a flat root.

(The idea if a flattened root may offend some people but this is just a means to an end)

### Mode 3 of MM - Lydian

11-4=7

**Lydian**with a

**flat 7**.

### Mode 5 of MM - MixolydianÂ

11-5=6

**Mixolydian**and flat the

**6**.

### Mode 6 of MM - AeolianÂ

11-6=5

**Aeolian**with a

**b5**.

### Mode 7 of MM - Locrian

11-7=4

**fourth**

**degree**of

**Locrian**for

**Super Locrian**.

## Melodic Minor is ruled by 11

To get all the**harmonic major**modes you just do the same as with

**melodic minor**but change the

**11**for

**14**. Remember to reduce down the compound intervals as necessary.

This may seem confusing at first glance but once you get your head around it this will unlock these scales with a shorter learning curve than if you were to learn 14 patterns each for both scales.

Here is the formula simplified and a reminder of the ruling numbers.

Ruling Number - Diatonic Degree = Interval to Flatten

**Melodic minor from Ionian is 11**

**Harmonic major from Ionian is 14**

All questions and feedback is welcomed. This is my first lesson so by gentle with me. I hope you enjoyed reading and got something from this. If I get good feedback I will do a similar lesson on the

**harmonic minor**scale.

Ciao for now everybody.

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