Friday, September 25, 2015

All About Minor

This time we took a look at all the various sorts of minor. It was a lot of information, so let's take a second to review!

1) We discussed relative and parallel modes. These are relationships between major and minor keys that make them sound similar. For each of the following keys, give me its relative major or minor and its parallel major or minor:

  1. F# major
  2. Ab minor
  3. C# major
  4. G minor
  5. A major
  6. E minor
2) We also talked about harmonic and melodic minor. We briefly mentioned some harmonizing, but we didn't really go into it much. Using what you know about harmonizing, can you give me all the diatonic triads in C harmonic minor and C melodic minor? Remember that chords are built in stacks of thirds. If you feel like you've got it, how about all the diatonic seventh chords as well?

3) What do you think of the harmonic and melodic minor solutions? Do they address the problem well? Are there better ways to handle those concerns?

And that's it! See you next week!

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