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The Piano Player, Issue #61 All About Minor Scales
October 04, 2021

Tips & Tools for Piano Players: Minor Scales

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"The Piano Player"-- Issue #61, October 2021

In This Issue:

Harmonic Minor Scales with Piano Charts

3 Minor Scale Patterns On The Piano

The Minor Piano Scale Patterns

Got Piano Questions?

Piano Question of the Month

Piano Sheet Music

Hi there,

How about some dark and gloomy minor scales?

As we go deeper into Autumn and October, I love to play dark and gloomy pieces! And what better way to prepare for them than learning all about the minor scales?

In this issue, you'll learn how to play minor scales and why there are 3 variations of the minor scale; Natural, Harmonic, and Melodic.

You'll also get a freebie from 8-notes, suitable for a dark and gloomy night; a simplified version of the 1st movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Start practicing now, so it's ripe and ready for Halloween! (We don't really celebrate Halloween here in Greece, but my students and I love it anyway!)

ðŸŽƒHappy practicing,

Maria

Harmonic Minor Scales with Piano Charts

Learn all the 12 harmonic minor scales with fingering! They're easy to see and play as picture scales.

The harmonic minor scale has a specific pattern of whole (W), half (H) and 1 + 1/2 (W+) steps:

(starting note)-W-H-W-W-H- W+ -H

You can transpose this harmonic minor pattern to each of the 12 keys on the piano. Or just use the piano charts below! ;)

3 Minor Scale Patterns On The Piano

In this hands on (the piano!) piano lesson tutorial you'll learn an easy way to play the 3 minor scale patterns.

Using a major scale as our template, you'll learn the changes you need to do for it to turn into minor and you'll be able to see and understand the differences between the natural, harmonic and melodic minor scales.

We'll only use scales that share the same fingering, and play just one octave with both hands but separate, so that'll be easy to learn, and to remember.

Let's get started!

The Minor Piano Scale Patterns

In this lesson we'll take a look at the Natural, Harmonic and Melodic minor piano scale patterns, dig into the theory, and learn just how they're different from the major scale.

Piano Question of the Month

How To Memorize Scales, Sharps, Flats And Theory?

"In 2008, I was badly injured and banged up my head which caused amnesia in an automobile accident...

..I am now doing very well in my Grade 6 piano pieces and playing the scales well but I can't remember the sharps and flats. I am down with theory because I can't memorize the sharps and flats and remembering the time values, the melodic and harmonic, in short the whole lot.

My ABRSM exams will be in March next year and I am studying very hard for it but I would appreciate all the advice and help I can get."

Piano Sheet Music

Piano Sheet Music

Print, practice and learn a simplified version of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, 1st Movement.