minor as a Key Center
In the last session, we looked at all of the modes in C Major. We saw that the 6th mode of a Major key center is called the relative minor [aka Aeolian, Natural minor, Pure minor]. This means that it shares the key signature [the ‘logo’ as well as the tone set] with the relative Major. Example: C Major’s relative minor is A minor. A minor’s relative Major is C.
The relative minor is always the 6th tone/chord of the Major scale. We can count up to 6 from 1, or count back to 6 from 8 [1 = 8; 8-7-6 = C-B-A].
So, let’s begin there…with the natural minor. This can be a confusing topic for folks [“3 forms of the minor”], and there are different ways [derivative/parallel] to produce these scale/chord types; we’ll keep it as simple as possible. We don’t necessarily have to track every piece of data; we are after the sounds, the possibilities.
We’ll begin with the 3 forms of the minor, plus Dorian.