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Thread: melodic minor

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    melodic minor

    hi guys,the melodic minor scale is played natural minor decending,does that mean when we improvise with it,every time we move back toward the head stock we have to play a natural minor note of the key we are in.if so ,why?
    thanks,Peter

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    The short answer is NO.

    The long answer:
    The melodic minor has ascending and descending forms.
    These were used by classical composers. Modern (Improvisational) use of the melodic minor consists of only the ascending form.

    I usually look at the Melodic minor as the Dorian mode with a raised 7th, or raise the root in a major scale and you now have the Melodic minor starting on ii.
    "Listen to the Spaces Between the sounds."
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    It's kind of based on the chord pregression. when you're resolving back to the Tonic chord, it's 'ascending' when the chords are non-cadencial, it's 'descending' for example:

    In A minor:


    Am - F - G - C - Bm - E7- Am

    Am - F - G - C would all be played over with A natural minor. but the Bm-E7-Am is a ii-V-i cadance so you would use A melodic minor over the Bm and E7. (notice that these chords contain notes exclusive to the melodic minor scale)

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