EXAMPLE 4 MELODIC MINOR SCALE AND TENDENCY TONES
The Minor scale is more complicated than the Major, as in traditional ‘tonal’ writing its 6th and 7th degrees may be altered. This is because classical harmony relies on the leading tone resolution, so the ‘natural’ 7th (Subtonic) is sharpened to create a leading tone when the music resolves. However, the resulting leap
Ex 4 Melodic minor scale and tendency tones from the 6th (Submediant) to the raised 7th can be awkward melodically (not especially ‘singable’), so it can also be raised. There’s a strong tendency for the leading tone to resolve to the tonic, and a slight tendency for the 4th to resolve to the 3rd (Subdominant to Mediant), particularly when they occur together.