Parallel Minor

We already know that each major scale has a relative minor scale. To better understand the relationships between major and minor keys, we will discuss parallel keys here.

Each major scale also has a parallel minor scale. For example, the parallel minor of C major is C minor. Both scales have the same first scale degree. When comparing the two scales together, you can see the third, sixth and seventh notes of the C minor scale is lowered by a half step. 

Let’s look at another example: The parallel minor of G major is G minor.

G major scale notes are  G – A – B – C – D – E – F♯ – G

G minor scale notes are  G – A – B♭ – C – D – E♭ – F – G

The 3rd, 6th and 7th notes are lowered by a half step.

This applies to all 12 major keys. Below is a list of all 12 major keys and their corresponding parallel minor keys. 

C Major Scale: C – D – E – F – G – A – B – C

C Minor Scale: C – D – E♭ – F – G – A♭ – B♭ – C

 

G Major Scale: G – A – B – C – D – E – F♯ – G

G Minor Scale: G – A – B♭ – C – D – E♭ – F – G

 

D Major Scale: D – E – F♯ – G – A – B – C♯ – D

D Minor Scale: D – E – F – G – A – B♭ – C – D

 

A Major Scale: A – B – C♯ – D – E – F♯ – G♯ – A

A Minor Scale: A – B – C – D – E – F – G – A

 

E Major Scale: E – F♯ – G♯ – A – B – C♯ – D♯ – E

E Minor Scale: E – F♯ – G – A – B – C – D – E

 

F Major Scale: F – G – A – B♭ – C – D – E – F

F Minor Scale: F – G – A♭ – B♭ – C – D♭ – E♭ – F

 

B Flat Major Scale: B♭ – C – D – E♭ – F – G – A – B♭

B Flat Minor Scale: B♭ – C – D♭ – E♭ – F – G♭ – A♭ – B♭

 

E Flat Major Scale: E♭ – F – G – A♭ – B♭ – C – D – E♭

E Flat Minor Scale: E♭ – F – G♭ – A♭ – B♭ – C♭ – D♭ – E♭

 

A Flat Major Scale: A♭ – B♭ – C – D♭ – E♭ – F – G – A♭

A Flat Minor Scale: A♭ – B♭ – C♭ – D♭ – E♭ – F♭ – G♭ – A♭

 

B Major Scale: B – C♯ – D♯ – E – F♯ – G♯ – A♯ – B

B Minor Scale: B – C♯ – D – E – F♯ – G – A – B

 

F Sharp Major Scale: F♯ – G♯ – A♯ – B – C♯ – D♯ – E♯ – F♯

F Sharp Minor Scale: F♯ – G♯ – A – B – C♯ – D – E – F♯

 

C Sharp Major Scale: C♯ – D♯ – E♯ – F♯ – G♯ – A♯ – B♯ – C♯

C Sharp Minor Scale: C♯ – D♯ – E – F♯ – G♯ – A – B – C♯