Chords In The Melodic Minor Key

Chords In The Melodic Minor Key


The Melodic Minor scale is a seven note per octave series of notes. When harmonized the notes of the Melodic Minor scale creates chords which is called diatonic chords because the notes from the scale are not altered or borrowed from another key. For example I will demonstrate with the C Melodic Minor scale.

C  D  Eb  F  G  A  B      notes of the C Melodic Minor      
   D  Eb  F  G  A  B  C      notes of the D Dorian b2 
      Eb  F  G  A  B  C  D      notes of the E Lydian Augmented 
          F  G  A  B  C  D  Eb      notes of the F Lydian Dominant 
             G  A  B  C  D  Eb  F      notes of the G Hindu 
                A  B  C  D  Eb  F  G      notes of the A Locrian 2
                   B  C  D  Eb  F  G  A      notes of the B Super Locrian
C  D  Eb  F  G  A  B  notes in red make up a C minor   
   D  Eb  F  G  A  B  C  notes in red make up a D minor chord
      Eb  F  G  A  B  C  D  notes in red make up a Eb augmented chord
          F  G  A  B  C  D  Eb  notes in red make up a F major chord     
             G  A  B  C  D  Eb  F  notes in red make up a G major chord
                A  B  C  D  Eb  F  G  notes in red make up a A diminished chord       
                   B  C  D  Eb  F  G  A  notes in red make up a B diminished chord


The interval or distance between all seven notes would be a series of Whole steps and Half steps

 C   -   D   -   Eb   -   F   -   G   -   A   -   B   -   C
    Whole – Half –  Whole – Whole – Whole – Whole –  Half


No matter what key you are in this formula will always work. In this video I will demonstrate the chords that are derived from the Melodic Minor scale in the keys
of D Melodic Minor, A Melodic Minor and F Melodic Minor.

Videos Below

Chords In The Key of D Melodic Minor - Lesson 1

Chords in The Melodic Minor Key Lesson 1

Chords In The Key of A Melodic Minor - Lesson 2

Chords in The Melodic Minor Key Lesson 2

Chords In The Key of F Melodic Minor - Lesson 3

Chords in The Melodic Minor Key Lesson 3

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  • Abraham Seto

    Really well written lesson – thanks Frank

    • skypealesson

      Happy you enjoyed the post Abraham. Happy Holiday and as always Keep Strumming!

    • Andrew

      Happy you enjoyed the post Abraham. Happy Holiday and as always Keep Strumming!