C harmonic minor piano scale

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C Harmonic Minor Piano Scale

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The key of C minor and E flat major are related and share the same key signature of 3 flats, B flat, E flat and A flat.  C minor is known as the relative minor of E flat major; E flat major is known as the relative major of C minor.

C is the 6th note of the E flat major scale.  The 6th degree of any major scale is always the note which represents the related minor key.

As the keys of E flat major and C minor are related to each other, they both share the same key signature of 2 flats.  Therefore the scale of C minor, in its most basic, natural form, will share exactly the same notes as E flat major but rather than beginning and ending on E flat (E flat major) will begin and end on C (C minor)

E flat major:  Eb   F   G   Ab   Bb   C   D   Eb

C Natural minor: C   D   Eb   F   G   Ab   Bb   C

To change the natural C minor scale into the harmonic C minor scale

Take the notes from the natural C minor scale and raise the 7th degree, B flat, by one semitone or half step to B natural.   There will still be 3 flats, B flat, E flat and A flat, in the key signature but now B natural will appear as an accidental on the music staff.

C Harmonic Minor Scale:

C    D    E flat    F    G    A flat    B natural    C

Below are the piano notes, sheet music and suggested fingerings for the C harmonic minor piano scale

C harmonic minor scale for piano
C harmonic minor scale for piano

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