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Parallel minor

The relationship between C major and C minor is parallel. That means that both scales share the same root. C minor is the parallel minor of C major. Comparing a C major and C minor scale is a great way to see what is the same, and what is different between the 2 scales.

All theory boils down to how notes relate to a major scale. The major scale is the constant that is used to compare everything else. Each note in a major scale gets a number. When you look at the comparison of C major and C minor below, you will see that C minor has b3 (flat 3), b6, and b7 in comparison. What that means is that those notes are the equivalent of 1 fret lower on the guitar than the notes in the major scale. So there are 4 notes that are the same, and 3 notes that are different.

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C - C major
1  2  3  4  5  6  7  1

C  D  Eb F  G  Ab Bb C - C minor
1  2  b3 4  5  b6 b7 1

Natural minor scale formula

These numbers are what is known as the "scale formula". The formula for a natural minor scale is 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7.

Natural minor formula

1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7

Page 3, Major is minor and minor is major

Page 1, Minor scale basics

 

Natural minor scale jump zone

Minor scale basics
Natural minor on the neck of the guitar

Major is minor and minor is major
Parallel minor and the minor scale formula



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