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#beginquote# You probably can tell what a major scale is by hearing it. The pattern for a MAJOR scale is Whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step, or WWHWWWH. The natural minor scale does have a "sad" sound to it, which comes from the lowered third scale degree. This changes the pattern to WhWWhWW, or C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb-C. To go from the natural minor to the harmonic minor, raise the 7th scale degree a half step. The pattern becomes WhWWh_h, or C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab-B-C. The blank spot in the pattern is for the augmented interval created between the 6th and 7th scale degrees, or the Ab and the B. This interval gives the scale a middle eastern or "snake charmer" kind of sound that helps with auditory recognition. The melodic minor is different ascending then it is descending. Ascending, both the 6th and 7th scale degrees are raised from the original natural minor, creating C-D-Eb-F-G-A-B-C. As you can see, this is merely a C major scale with the third scale degree, or Eb, lowered a half step. On the way back down the scale, the 6th and 7th scale degrees are lowered again. the full melodic minor scale is: C-D-Eb-F-G-A-B-C-Bb-Ab-G-F-Eb-D-C. So, if you hear a minor sounding scale where the pattern of pitches change on the way back down the scale, then it is the melodic minor scale. I hope this helps. Good luck! #endquote#
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