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Minor Key Theory

By Darren DeFranco

Hey GBUers,

In our next theory lesson we’re going to be looking at the secrets behind minor keys. Minor keys are basically a series of notes and chords that sound really good together and are used to create sad, heavy, rockin’, and metal sounds, among many others. We have a feeling you’re really going to enjoy the minor keys!

Remember, just start a major scale on the sixth note and you basically have a minor scale! Easy right?

Now get crackin!


Try to figure out what the relative minor keys would be for the following major keys. Then, rewrite the notes of that minor key:

G major

D major

A major

F major


G major = E minor: E F# G A B C D

D major = B minor: B C# D E F# G A

A major = F# minor: F# G# A B C# D E

F major = D minor: D E F G A Bb C



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