D harmonic minor piano scale

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D Harmonic Minor Piano Scale

Compton Piano StudioThe key of D minor and F major are related and share the same key signature of 1 flat, B flat.  D minor is known as the relative minor of F major; F major is known as the relative major of D minor.

D is the 6th note of the F major scale.  The 6th degree of any major scale is always the note which represents the related minor key.

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

F major:  F G A Bb C D E F

D Natural minor: D E F G A Bb C D

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

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

D Harmonic Minor Scale:

D     E      F      G      A      B flat     C sharp      D

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

D harmonic minor piano scale
D harmonic minor piano scale

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