Scales part ll
Melodic Minor Scales and Chords
The Melodic minor scale has the same key as its relative major key and all notes but one are the same. see (♭3).
The embellishment of the Melodic minor chords
- I-6 is Tonic : It is the (I) that characterize this mode. Remark: I-M7 is also diatonic to this scale but it is to remember that the Melodic minor is the only to - have its sixth-degree natural, so it is better to use this chord instead of C-M7.
- II-7 is subdominant: It is different from the II-7 from the major scale that has E as Alt 9. Whereas the Melodic mode has Eb as Alt 9.
- bIIIM+7 plays the same role as in the Melodic minor.
- IV7(#11) is dominant: It has a Tritone between A and Eb and is often associated in the Cadence: I- / IV7 / I- called " II / V Tonic " used in the minor blues.
- V7(9) is dominant: It is often used in cadence: II-7 / V7(9)
- VI-7(♭5) is used: as a II- relative in the cadence: A-7(♭5) / D7(♭5) / G7 / C-6
- VII-7(♭5) is dominant: (See Diatonic chord Functions)
Some consideration about the Melodic minor scales: The suggested fingering is here to help to learn these scales. Sometime you will encounter finger slides for half or full step. Try to get used to that, it is a valuable technique to master. You can also download the scales in the pdf format down the page.