The E minor scale categories
The three types are the natural minor of the scale, the harmonic minor, and the melodic minor of the E minor scale.
- The E minor follows the minor scale pattern which is the pattern of whole steps and half steps in configuring a minor scale. The minor scale has a pattern WHWWHWW. This means that this scale starts with E and then the next key comes after a whole step. This essentially means that you will have to skip a key in between to get a whole step. Missing a half step or a semitone is necessary in the first place.
- From the second note to the third the step is a half step. This means that it is just a semitone without any gaps in between.
- From the third to fourth step is a whole step. Which means it consists of two semitones.
- From fourth to fifth is a whole step which means that you need to skip a ha; of tone in between.
- The next step is a half step just adjacent to the previous key.
- The sixth to seventh step is a whole step which has to skip a semitone in between.
- The last step, from the seventh to the eighth step is a whole step.
The natural Minor scale
The natural minor has a very interesting story to tell. The difference between the natural minor and the major scale is the difference. The major scale has a leading tone at the 7th position which gives the scale a smooth transition to the 8th note. This makes the transition to the 8th note so obvious. This is because there is no gap between the seventh and the eighth note, it is just a half step. On the other hand, in the case of the minor scale, there is a gap between the seventh and eighth notes. The gap between the seventh and eighth note is a bigger one, you have to skip one-half note and then process to the last half. There are two semitones from the seventh to the eighth note.
E Natural Minor Scale:
The E natural minor scale consists of the keys E, Fb, G, A, B, C, D, and E. The natural minor has a good gap between the last two notes and that makes the last note sound sudden as there is no leading tone.
E Harmonic Minor Scale:
To solve this problem there is a whole new type of scale that has only one change from the E minor scale. The E minor scale has one change from natural to the harmonic scale. In the harmonic scale, the seventh and the eighth note are a half note away. The harmonic minor has a D# in the place of D in the E minor octave. This makes the octave look like this: E, Fb, G, A, B, C, D#, and E.
Chords of E Harmonic Minor:
While making chords from the E minor scale it is an easier business to do it as there we have to stack keys after each of the notes in the harmonic minor scale or the natural minor scale. To create the E natural minor scale chords, each of the notes has to be taken and notes are stacked after each of them. The chords from the E natural minor scale as follows:
- The first is the E minor chord with the keys E, G, and B played together.
- The second chord is an F# diminished chord with F#, A and C played together.
- The third chord in the E minor scale is the G major, the keys G, B, and D played together.
- The Fourth chord is the A minor chord which consists of A, C, and E key played together.
- The B minor chord is the B, D, and F# chord played together.
- The sixth chord is the C major chord, which consists of the keys C, E, and G.
- The seventh chord in the E minor natural chords is the D major which consists of the keys D, F#, and A.
E Melodic Minor Scale:
The distinction between the E natural minor scale and the E harmonic minor scale is a D#. This D# is resolving the problem of a missing leading tone in E natural minor scale. But the same change is also bringing a distinct difference, a huge unusual gap between the sixth and the seventh note of the E harmonic minor scale.
In or to decipher this alien gap between the sixth and seventh note in the E harmonic minor scale, the sixth note is changed from C to C#. So one note moves one semitone higher in position to make up the huge gap between the sixth and seventh notes in the harmonic scale. This helps to memorize the three different types of E minor scales methodically.