minor scale

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n minor scale a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 2nd and 3rd and 5th and 6th
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Minor scale (Mus) The form of the minor scale is various. The strictly correct form has the third and sixth minor, with a semitone between the seventh and eighth, which involves an augmented second interval, or three semitones, between the sixth and seventh, as, 6/F 7/G♯ 8/A. But, for melodic purposes, both the sixth and the seventh are sometimes made major in the ascending, and minor in the descending, scale. See Major.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Minor scale the mode or scale in music which has the third note only three semitones above the key
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., neut. minus.

Usage

In literature:

The C sharp minor theme is of lyric beauty, the coda with its scales, brilliant.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
The song is cast in the natural minor scale of D. The E-flat near the beginning of the second line does not belong to the scale.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Here is the big descending scale in tragic minor from the first movement.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
The orthodox Sol-fa teacher relates the notes of the minor scale, not to the key-note, but to the third of the scale, i.e.
"Music As A Language" by Ethel Home
I refer in the above to the minor uses of ozone by this method, but I should add that it admits of application on a much grander scale.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 717, September 28, 1889" by Various
But on a minor scale the same process of making over takes place.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Similar processional aisles may be seen also at Hereford on a minor scale.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester" by Philip Walsingham Sergeant
In theory and in tests on a minor scale it certainly has.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
It was a battle on a minor scale.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
The scale is a curious minor scale with a sharp fourth, and is therefore anything but inviting to the fingers at first.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
The South Downs present similar characteristics on a minor scale.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
It seemed as if all was on too huge a scale for mere minor attractions.
"A Flight in Spring" by J. Harris Knowles
On a minor scale such things took place constantly.
"A Jewish Chaplain in France" by Lee J. Levinger
A similar disturbance on a minor scale took place at Yarmouth at about the same date.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
In all ordinary atlases Asia Minor is shown on such a tiny scale that its hugeness is lost to mind.
"A Prisoner in Turkey" by John Still
Minor friction, she had learned, can sometimes lead to action on a large scale.
"Life's Minor Collisions" by Frances Warner
A select few, everywhere only a small minority, has a different scale of values to that of the masses.
"Morals and the Evolution of Man" by Max Simon Nordau
Minor key, descending scale.
"Hooded Detective, Volume III No. 2, January, 1942" by Various
Major, difference between, and minor scales, 109, 110.
"Piano Playing" by Josef Hofmann
It is based, though not exclusively, on a peculiar scale, the harmonic minor scale with an augmented fourth.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
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In news:

For about a year the Iraqi government has been conducting large-scale operations against the Kurdish minority, which constitutes nearly a third of the population of Iraq.
No big point is made of it, though fans of Mr Miyazaki's "Princess Mononoke," which was promoted on a much larger scale, may be let down by the minor-chord fluidity of this film.
Everywhere you look, governments and institutions and the people who lead them are under fire — in this country, for sure, but also all across Europe, in the Middle East, in Russia, even in China, if only on a minor scale.
Go Over the Top With the A Minor Pentatonic Scale.
Local Rivalry on Minor Scale .
Oz Noy 's Video Lesson on Minor Pentatonic Scale.
In this excerpt from guitar wizard Oz Noy 's Guitar Improvisation Workout instructional video, available from JazzHeaven, Oz shares insights on how to improvise over a G Minor Pentatonic Scale.
Combining the Natural E Minor Pentatonic , Flat 5 and Major 3rd Pentatonic Scales.
Oz Noy's Video Lesson on Minor Pentatonic Scale.
In this excerpt from guitar wizard Oz Noy's Guitar Improvisation Workout instructional video, available from JazzHeaven, Oz shares insights on how to improvise over a G Minor Pentatonic Scale.
Go Over the Top With the A Minor Pentatonic Scale .
Over-The-Top Shredding Using the E Minor Pentatonic Scale .
Oz Noy's Video Lesson on Minor Pentatonic Scale .
In this excerpt from guitar wizard Oz Noy's Guitar Improvisation Workout instructional video, available from JazzHeaven, Oz shares insights on how to improvise over a G Minor Pentatonic Scale .
My first flight attempts with my Huey OH-6 were not successful because minor vibrations in the mechanics resonated in the scale body –particularly the T-tail—making it shake so badly it would literally eject the canopy.
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In science:

Their black holes are less massive than the ones found in ellipticals (as expected from the bulge mass - black hole mass scaling relation, McLure & Dunlop 2002), and only a minority present signs of interaction (2/8).
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
The cuts are taken along the minor axes and scaled to the model sizes.
The evolution of planetary nebulae. V. The diffuse X-ray emission
GUE minors and TASEP : Both the GUE minor process and the antisymmetric one occurs in the diffusion scaling limit of TASEP [11, 12].
Dimers and orthogonal polynomials: connections with random matrices
This minor merger may have also induced the large-scale streaming motions in the disk that are seen as the feature in the rotation curve (Sect. 5.1, see also Sect. 6.3).
Cold gas in massive early-type galaxies: The case of NGC 1167
The following is CDEF GAB and is called C ma jor, and thus circularly permuting the notes of the A minor scale we obtain 7 different types of scales used in western music.
Musical Modes, Their Associated Chords and Their Musicality
Despite the weak signal, reasonably attributable to statistical fluctuations, No-Scale F -SU (5) provided a neat and efficient explanation for the minor over-productions in these two searches.
Testing No-Scale F-SU(5): A 125 GeV Higgs Boson and SUSY at the 8 TeV LHC
A ma jor scale is one whose third degree is a ma jor third above the tonic, while a minor scale has a minor third degree.
Music in Terms of Science
Many notes (or tones) in the musical scale (e.g., those with intervals greater or equal to that of minor third) sound particularly good when played together at the same time.
Music in Terms of Science
The same scale also provides three relative minor chords, one related to each of the three ma jor chords.
Music in Terms of Science
The actual chords created using the ma jor scale and its relative (natural) minor scale are the same.
Music in Terms of Science
This leads to the usage of a “harmonic” minor scale which raises the seventh note of the natural minor scale by one half step.
Music in Terms of Science
X-ray emission is concentrated both in the nucleus and extended region along the minor axis to scales up to ~ 10 kpc.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
Massive neutrinos, which are easily accommodated in minor extensions of the standard model, can contribute to the dark matter, but their masses are likely to be sufficiently low that they act as hot dark matter, which is ruled out by studies of large-scale structure and the CMB.
Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology: Cosmic Laboratories for New Physics (Summary of the Snowmass 2001 P4 Working Group)
Even if the massive neutrino is a minor component of the dark matter, its existence can give a significant effect on the density fluctuations on small scales.
Cosmological Constraints on a Massive Neutrino
As mentioned in section 2.3, the conceptual point of E (∞, r) is to capture the idea of the ma jor road - minor road spectrum, and the particular definition of E (∞, r) is mathematically convenient because of the scaling property (37) of the edge-intensity p(r).
Scale-Invariant Random Spatial Networks
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