minor scale


Also called harmonic minor scale. a scale having half steps between the second and third, fifth and sixth, and seventh and eighth degrees, with whole steps for the other intervals.
Also called melodic minor scale. a scale having the third degree lowered a half step when ascending, and the seventh, sixth, and third degrees lowered a half step when descending.

Nearby words

  1. minor piece,
  2. minor planet,
  3. minor premise,
  4. minor prophet,
  5. minor salivary gland,
  6. minor seminary,
  7. minor sentence,
  8. minor seventh chord,
  9. minor suit,
  10. minor tenace

Origin of minor scale

First recorded in 1885–90

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