C minor scale

Key signature of C minor scale

The key signature of C minor scale has three flats (3♭) because its relative major key is E flat Major scale.

key signature 3 flats

Four different kinds of C minor scale

There are four different kinds of minor scales and here are all C minor scales:

- C natural minor scale
- C harmonic minor scale
- C ascending melodic minor scale
- C descending melodic minor scale

Here are all C minor scales:

C natural minor scale


The note names of C natural minor scale are : C D E♭ F G A♭ B♭

C natural minor scale

C harmonic minor scale


The note names of C harmonic minor scale are : C D E♭ F G A♭ B♮

C harmonic minor scale

C ascending melodic minor scale


The note names of C ascending melodic minor scale are : C D E♭ F G A♮ B♮

C ascending melodic minor scale

C descending melodic minor scale


The note names of C descending melodic minor scale are : C B♭ A♭ G F E♭ D

C descending melodic minor scale

Closely related keys of C minor

Closely related keys of C minor are:

- F minor
- G minor
- B flat Major
- E flat Major
- A flat Major

Relative major key of C minor

The relative major key of C minor is E flat Major and below if the E flat Major scale :

E flat major scale

Leading Tone of C minor

The leading Tone of C minor is B, because B is the degree VII and is distant to a seventh major of the tonic, or an half step united states of america (semitone united kingdom) lower than the tonic).

C minor on the circle of fifths

You can find C minor on the circle of fifths and its key signature, relative major key and closely related keys :
circle of fifths

Famous works C minor

Here are some works by famous composers composed in C minor:

Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1, Chopin

Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1 written by Frédéric Chopin is xomposed in C minor :

Nocturno n°1 opus 48, Chopin

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How much flats in C minor?

none 1♭ 2♭ 3♭

What is the relative major of C minor?

C major D major E flat major E major

What is the dominant note in C minor?

A B C D E F G

What is the leading tone of C minor harmonic scale?

A B C D E F G

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