Friday, March 5, 2010

major v. minor

The last post was about keys.  Every major key has what's called a relative minor.  The relative minor to C major is A minor.  To play the relative minor, play the same notes in the C major scale but start on A and end on A.  This changes the pattern of whole steps and half steps which makes it sound totally different.  The relative minor is two steps in the scale down from the major key.  For example:  G major goes to E minor,  F major goes to D minor,  A major goes to F# minor.

Twinkle, Twinkle in 3 major keys and one minor

Fingering Chart for Soprano Recorder (keys of C, G, D, F)

Morning Has Broken (key of C)