Total Production from the 3 Forms of the minor
Together the 3 modes or forms create a large family of chords, modes, and sounds that we call the minor key. We follow our ear when writing music in minor keys. Interesting things can happen when we mix.
We don’t absolutely have to track where each of these chord types come from [Natural, Harmonic, Melodic], though this is good mind exercise.
Total Triad Production
- i = Am
- iio= Bo
- ii = Bm
- III [can also be called ♭III when paralleled to key of A Major] = C
- III+ = C+ (C Augmented) – [can also be called ♭III+ when paralleled to key A Major]
- iv = Dm
- IV = D
- v = Em
- V = E
- VI [can also be called ♭VI when paralleled to key of A Major] = F
- vio = F♯o
- VII [can also be called ♭VII when paralleled to key of A Major] = G
- viio = G♯dim (G♯o)
Above are just the triads. The families’ qualities expand with 7ths and extended chords. We did include some m7♭5 type fingerings, above, to make them easier to play within the chord scales.
Total Scale Production
3 scales x 7 tones in each, yields 21 modes. We already know the modes in the Natural minor, as these are the same as in the relative Major.
The Harmonic and Melodic each create 7 modes of their own. If you are learning this as new knowledge, on this path, you now know 2 of these 14 modes as Harmonic minor & Melodic minor.
We’ll leave this mode story here, with this inventory.