I'm a musician who can try to learn everything byself. Thats why internet is my only way for searching . I checked F# Minor and F# harmonic Minor and their scales are same . Is it true?

I just wanted to ask because may be there is a mistake on webpage

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    Can you give a link to the webpage? – Bob Broadley Jul 31 '14 at 13:10
  • Just to clarify, the F# Minor can refer to any of the three minor scales of the accepted answer, so people need to say which one they are referring to – Shevliaskovic Feb 3 '15 at 7:45

F# minor isn't different from any other scale.

Natural minor: F# G# A B C# D E F#

That's your standard minor scale, with the same key signature as an A Major (which is of course F#'s relative major). f# natural minor

Harmonic minor: F# G# A B C# D E# F#

The natural minor with the 7th note raised by a half-step (the E becomes an E#, or a natural F).

f# harmonic minor

Melodic minor (going up): F# G# A B C# D# E# F#

The natural minor with the 6th and 7th notes raised by a half-step (D to D#, E to E#). Remember that the scale going down becomes a simple natural minor (D and E go back to their natural state).

f# melodic minor

I wrote the notes on the score without key signature so that you could see the accidentals on each note, but the key signature would be 3 sharps (F#, C# and G#).

In short, the natural minor and harmonic minor differ by that 7th note. This happens in all 12 minor scales.

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  • Also note that "minor scale" can refer to any of these three scales, or (somewhat less commonly, at least in the classical world) to other minor scales (such as the Dorian scale). – Kyle Strand Jul 31 '14 at 20:32
  • @Alter Glad it could help! To accept the answer, click on the tick mark to the left of the answer. – LS97 Aug 2 '14 at 8:21

All of the minor scales - natural, harmonic and melodic - contain the same first 5 notes.Not talking about minor modes at all here. Those first 5 notes, in F#m are F# G# A B C#. Then it changes. In the natural minor, which contains all the notes from its relative major, A, it goes D E F#. In the harmonic minor, having a raised leading note, it goes D E# F#. Yes, you can play F instead of E#. And in the melodic minor, classical style, it ascends using D#E# F#. coming down, it's F# E D (just like F# natural min.) Jazzers tend to favour the one set of their melodic.

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