Melodic Minor Scale

    🎹 A visual piano reference to the melodic minor scale, a variation of the natural minor scale where the 6th and 7th degrees of the scale are raised by a half step. As its name implies, the melodic minor scale is great for creating melodies.

    Melodic Minor Scale: Reference Table

    First, a reference table for the melodic minor scale for all the keys. The keys are in order of 5ths, as with the circle of fifths. This illustrates the close relationship between keys that are a 5th distance apart.

    iii°IIIivvVIVIIi
    ABCDEF♯G♯A
    EF♯GABC♯D♯E
    BC♯DEF♯G♯A♯B
    F♯G♯ABC♯D♯E♯F♯
    C♯D♯EF♯G♯A♯B♯C♯
    G♯A♯BC♯D♯E♯F♯♯G♯
    D♯E♯F♯G♯A♯B♯C♯♯D♯
    B♭CD♭E♭FGAB♭
    FGA♭B♭CDEF
    CDE♭FGABC
    GAB♭CDEF♯G
    DEFGABC♯D

    And now for each of the melodic minor scales in more detail with piano keyboard reference.

    C Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: C D E F G A B

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C

    D Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: D E F G A B C

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    E Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: E F G A B C D

    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E

    F Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: F G A B C D E

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F

    G Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: G A B C D E F♯

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    A Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: A B C D E F♯ G♯

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A

    B Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: B C D E F G A

    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B

    C♯ Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: C D E F G A B

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C

    D♯ Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: D E F G A B C

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    F♯ Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: F G A B C D E

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F

    G♯ Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: G A B C D E F

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    A♯ Melodic Minor Scale

    notes: A B C D E F♯♯ G♯♯

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A

    piano samples

    The piano samples used here are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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