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Hi everyone!

Hope all of You enjoyed and learned from my last column on songwriting in Major keys.Today We are going to continue with our introduction into songwriting, but this time we are going to discuss songwriting in “minor keys”.

 

For every major key, there is a minor key/scale that has the same flats and sharps. This is refered to as the “Relative Minor”. To find the relative minor key/scale, count up to the 6th note of the major scale. Example:

 

G Major Scale    G A B C D E F# G

E minor Scale    E F# G A B C D E

 

Even though the Major and their relative minor keys are basically the same, there are some cool variations that can be used in the chords and scales tones.

Below are 8 minor keys with some common variations.

 

 

KEY          Chords Available (with variations)

 

Am       Am, B dim(or Bm),C, Dm, Em(or E7), F, G(or G#dim)

 

Em       Em, F#dim(or F#m), G, Am, Bm(or B7), C, D(or D#dim)

 

Bm       Bm, C#dim(or C#m), D, Em, F#m(or F#7), G, A(or A#dim)

 

F#m     F#m, G#dim(or G#m), A, Bm, C#m(or C#7), D, E(or E#dim)

 

C#m    C#m, D#dim(or D#m), E, F#m,G#m(or G#7), A, B(or B#dim)

 

G#m    G#m, A#dim(or A#m), B, C#m, D#m(or D#7), E, F#(or F##dim=F double sharp dim)

 

Dm       Dm, Edim(or Em), F,  Gm, Am(or A7), Bb, C(or C##dim=C double sharp dim)

 

Gm      Gm, Adim(or Am), Bb, Cm, Dm(or D7), Eb, F(or F#dim).

 

Hope that helps gets You started writing in minor keys.

 

Next month: We start working on Improvisation !

Thanks,Brent Look

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