minor scale definition

  • noun:
    • Music A diatonic scale having a half action involving the second and 3rd degrees and any of a few intervalic arrangements above the fifth.
    • A diatonic scale in relation to a relative major scale by switching its tonic note by three semitones.
    • a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole shades except for the next and 3rd and 5th and 6th
  • adjective:
    • the type of the minor scale is various. The purely proper type has got the 3rd and 6th minor, with a semitone between the seventh and eighth, involving an augmented 2nd interval, or three semitones, amongst the sixth and 7th, since, 6/F, 7/G♯, 8/A. But, for melodic purposes, both the sixth as well as the 7th are occasionally made significant within the ascending, and small when you look at the descending, scale, therefore: --u000du000a[1913 Webster]u000du000au000du000a[1913 Webster]u000du000aSee Major.

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