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Old 06-05-2011, 02:08 AM   #8
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if you do it the way classical musicians used to, then minor = a combination of harmonic, melodic and natural minor... for example... harmonize this way:

i - ii dim - III - iv - V - VI - vii dim

-the V is "technically" from the harmonic minor scale
-the III is "technically" from the natural minor scale

but the V needs a raised third (ie raised 7 scale degree) to become a dominant chord... and if we used a raised 7 for the III chord, we would actually have a III+ chord, which contains the leading tone but has no function, therefore it would not be a good chord to use in a classical progression...

the most common way that hungarian minor came about was the use of augmented 6th chords... it was originally used as an alternate pre-dominant chord... the augmented 6th interval creates a raised 4th in the harmonic minor scale resulting in hungarian minor/double harmonic minor...

as for melodic minor, this is almost always the scale they used over these progressions (actually melodic minor ascending, natural minor descending) to avoid the augmented second interval created by the raised 7th....

just some classical theory, the other posts on in this thread demonstrate a modal approach to different minor keys, but this "utility" minor is actually how composers used minor for many years
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