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                                 The melodic minor scale
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Sing this scale. Then sing a scale of A harmonic minor. Can you hear that in each of these scales, the sixth note is different? (You may need to sing a few times.)
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 The key signature of A minor has no sharps or flats, so there are no sharps or flats in the descending melodic minor scale. However in written music you may see accidentals to cancel any sharp or flat signs used on the way up the scale.
The melodic minor scale is different from the harmonic minor scale you have already learned. In a melodic minor scale, the sixth and seventh notes change depending on whether the scale is ascending (going up) or descending (going down).
Ascending, both the sixth and the seventh notes of the scale are a semitone higher than they are in the key signature. They are shown by accidentals in the music.
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Scale of A melodic minor, ascending
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         Make a stairs chart for D melodic minor, ascending. Fill in the notes on the staff too. Put the key signature after the clef, and remember you will need to add accidentals to the sixth and seventh notes as well.
     A semitone is the distance from one stair to the next
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A tone is the distance from one stair to the next-but-one
                         In an ascending melodic minor scale, the sixth and seventh notes are sharpened. In a descending melodic minor scale, these notes are not sharpened. The melodic minor scale going down uses exactly the same notes as its relative major. Therefore, it has the same sharps or flats that are shown in its key signature.
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      Scale of A melodic minor, descending
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