The Notes on G Minor Scale
The G minor scale resembles any other minor scale when compared in terms of the rules followed in the case of the keys and the notes. The notes of the G minor scale are the following:
- G is the tonic note and it is the first note played in the scale.
- 2nd note is a major. A is the major note. This is also a Supertonic.
- The third note is flat. Bb is a flat median note of the scale.
- The fourth note is a perfect C Subdominant degree.
- The fifth note of the Minor scale is D. D is also dominant in degree.
- Eb is a flat note which comes at 6th which is a submediant.
- F is a minor 7th note of the G minor scale. The F is a subtone. It is not a leading note.
- Just one octave above the G is the octave G which is highest in pitch.
Minor Scale Formula
One might notice that in G minor scale also, we get the same minor scale formula, which is found in the other minor scales. The formula somehow explains the reason behind being a minor scale.
The formula of a minor scale is Whole-Half-Whole-Whole_Half_Whole_Whole. The formula has 5 whole steps and two half steps.
- Starting from the one whole step where the fingers move from G note to A and there is a half step or a semitone in between. You need to skip a semitone and cross two half steps to form a whole note.
- From A to B flat there are not steps to be skipped in between. This is called half step because no keys are skipped in the between. The half step is the case when the keys come consequently.
- The third move is from Bb to C. C is a Subdominant here. This skips a semitone or a half step and forms a whole step.
- The fourth move is from Subdominant C to Dominant D. This step also skips a semitone and forms a whole note.
- From D to Eb is a whole note that skips a semitone in between.
- Reaching Eb is a half note where one does not have to skip a semitone or a half step.
- From Eb to F is a whole step where one has to skip a semitone in between.
- F to G is a whole note that comprises of two half notes.
- G is a note of a higher octave that is reached by skipping a half note.
A relative major scale is an interesting sort of scale where all the notes that are used in the G minor scale will be used. The notes are arranged differently so that the scale now has a leading tone on the seventh position of the scale.
The Bb major scale has the same notes but different sorting, the notes used are B♭, C, D, E♭, F, G, and A. The note at the sixth position of a major scale is very important for the minor scale of the relative minor, because that note is used as the root.
Playing the G minor Scale:
- While playing the G minor scale the fingers are named by numbers are they follow a formula for each hand.
- In the right hand, 54321321 is the order followed to play the note.
- The numbers 1,2, 3, 4, and 5 are used to refer to the finger thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky.
- The pinky finger, ring finger, middle finger, index finger, and thumb are used to play the keys for G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, and G.
Playing the chords of G minor scale:
- The chords are made by stacking two keys after the keys in the scale. In the first chord, Bb and D are stacked after G in the G minor scale chords.
- The second chord of G minor is A diminished. The two notes stacked after A are C and Eb.
- The third chord is a major chord starting with Bb two other notes are stacked as D and F.
- The fourth chord is a minor chord with two notes after C. The two notes are Eb and G.
- The fifth chord is a minor of D. F and A are stacked after D.
- The fifth chord is a major of Eb. two notes are stacked after the EB The chord consists of Eb – G – Bb.
- The last chord starts with F and it is called a major chord of F. Two notes are stacked after F. The chord consists of F, A, and C.
Emotional Tone of the G Minor Scale
The chords of the G minor scale reflect emotions that are far from what you can feel in a soft melody. These chords are filled with resentment and thus give out tunes of frustrating and mean behaviors. Lyrics are formed in the same way that conveys seriousness in a more negative manner.