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Harmonization of the Common Scales II
By Dan Palladino


All chords are derived from scales. This article is based on the four common scales in western music (Major, Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor). If scale and chord theory is new for you, take a look at the Common Chord Formula Chart.

The following section focuses on seventh chords only (4-note chords). Since this is a very broad topic, new articles, illustrating the use of these chords, will be added frequently. For now, try to play these chords on piano or guitar and familiarize yourself with their sounds.


Key: "" denotes minor

The Major scale contains the degrees 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (C, D, E, F, G, A, B in the key of C).
Harmonization of the major scale

The Natural Minor scale contains the degrees 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, b7 (C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb in the key of C minor).
Harmonization of the natural minor scale

The Harmonic Minor scale contains the degrees 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, 7 (C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, B in the key of C minor). Note the raised seventh degree.
Harmonization of the harmonic minor scale

The Melodic Minor scale contains the degrees 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (C, D, Eb, F, G, A, B in the key of C minor). Note the raised sixth and seventh degrees.
Harmonization of the melodic minor scale
Triad Harmonizations
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