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Music Theory Worksheet - Lesson 22: The Melodic Minor Scale

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Lesson 22: The Melodic Minor Scale Music Theory Worksheet

There are three types of minor scales: natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor.  A melodic minor scale is made up of eight consecutive tones in a specific pattern of half steps and whole steps.  The pattern changes depending on if the scale is ascending or descending.

The descending pattern is the same as the natural minor scale.

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Alternatively, if you are looking for a good book for scales, I recommend Piano Essentials by Ross Ramsay. The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences By William A. Palmer, which is  well-organized book containing  scale, chord, arpeggio and cadence studies in all major and minor keys.  Check out Piano Essentials: Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist.


What this worksheet is about:

The melodic minor scale can start on any note as long as it includes the following pattern.



For example, the C melodic minor scale starts on C and consists of 8 consecutive tones going up: C, D, Eb, F, G, A, B, C.  Going down, the tones are as follows: C, Bb, Ab, G, F, Eb, D, C. The following pattern makes up the C melodic minor scale, where W represents a whole step and H represents a half step.



Download Lesson 22: The Melodic Minor Scale Music Theory Worksheet.