Tables & Charts
First, to keep the peace with any strictly classical visitors, I must point out that, traditionally speaking,
the Melodic Minor Scale is kinda 2 scales in one.
During upward movement it is the melodic minor scale and on the way down it turns into the relative minor scale (or natural minor or aeolian mode).
That is appropriate if you're composing music based on strictly classical terms. In that case you derive or extract the melodic minor from the relative minor by sharpening the 6th and 7th step and then flattening them again as you come down.
But it does not make any sense to me if you're creating melodies in any popular style of music like pop, country, middle of the road standards and especially jazz.
Let's face it, if the rhythm section is strumming away on a Cm6 or CmMaj7 chord, why would you change your downward moving melody notes to Bb and Ab?
I prefer to look at the melodic minor scale as a Tonal Center in it's own right just like the major scale.
I therefore urge you to do the following:
True mastery of your instrument and music in general
cannot be achieved by scale practice alone.
Understanding the connections between individual elements
is the key to unlocking the door to musical freedom.
The Melodic Minor Scale is just a small wheel in the machinery.
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