EX­AM­PLE 4 MELODIC MI­NOR SCALE AND TEN­DENCY TONES

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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.

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