A book I'm reading Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory Minor Scales (pg 90-91) says
Every major key has a RELATIVE MINOR KEY that has the same key signature.
Each relative minor scale begins on the 6th note of the relative major scale.
The 6th note is the keynote of the minor scale and the note from which the scale gets its name.
the NATURAL MINOR scale uses only the tones of the relative major scale.
My question is this: Is there such a thing as a relative minor scale? The book doesn't answer this directly but (to me says) the term relative minor requires a major scale to which it refers to. And the scale associated with the relative minor Key is called the Natural Minor Scale.
For example, given the key of C major, the relative minor key is A.
Would you ever say,
- play the relative minor scale A? Or play the A relative minor scale? To me this is ambiguous, because I could treat this as "play the A Natural Minor scale", or "play the scale that is the relative minor scale to A major", which would be the F♯ Natural Minor Scale.
- Or would you instead say play the relative minor scale of C major?
- Or is it more common to say play the A natural minor scale?
- Or are all of them OK?
So my question is: Is there a scale called the relative minor scale?
Hopefully the above example provides context for the question.
Several questions surround this topic but I didn't find one that asked this specifically.
And several others