Relative Minor Scales

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Relative Minor Scales

Each major key has a relative minor key. The sixth note of each major scale is the root note of the relative minor scale.

For example, the notes of C major scale are:
C D E F G A B C

The sixth note of C major scale is A. A is the root note of A minor scaleA minor is the relative minor of the C major, and C major is the relative major of the A minor scale. The A minor scale (A B C D E F G A ) uses the same notes as the C major scale. The C major scale and A minor scale have the same relative keys, and they both have the same key signature.

The Circle of Fifths Chart

Here is a complete list of all major | minor keys in the order of the circle of fifths:

C major | A minor
G major | E minor
D major | B minor
A major | F# minor
E major | C# minor
B major ( C♭major ) | G# minor ( A♭ minor )
F# major ( G♭ major ) | D# minor ( E♭ minor )
C# major ( D♭ major ) | A# minor ( B♭ minor )
A♭ major | F minor
E♭ major | C minor
B♭ major | G minor
F major | D minor

circle of fifths chart

 

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