C sharp harmonic minor piano scale

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C Sharp Harmonic Minor Piano Scale

Compton Piano StudioThe key of C sharp minor and E major are related and share the same key signature of 4 sharps, F sharp, C sharp, G sharp and D sharp.  C sharp minor is known as the relative minor of E major; E major is known as the relative major of C sharp minor.

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

As the keys of E major and C sharp minor are related to each other, they both share the same key signature of 4 sharps.  Therefore the scale of C sharp minor, in its most basic, natural form, will share exactly the same notes as E major but rather than beginning and ending on E (E major) will begin and end on C sharp (C sharp minor).

E major:  E   F#   G#   A   B   C#   D#   E

C sharp natural minor: C#   D#   E   F#   G#   A   B   C#

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

Take the notes from the natural C sharp minor scale and raise the 7th degree, B, by one semitone or half step to B sharp.   There will still be 4 sharps, F#, C#, G# and D#, in the key signature but now B sharp will appear as an accidental on the music staff.

C Sharp Harmonic Minor Scale:

C sharp    D sharp    E    F sharp    G sharp    A    B sharp    C sharp

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

C sharp harmonic minor piano scale
C sharp harmonic minor piano scale

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