How to use a relative minor in music

Hey there. Thanks for checking this free music lesson.

This lesson is basically our YouTube video that explains how a relative minor works. Simply put, for each Major scale there is a matching minor scale. This means that if you have a song written in a Major key, a certain minor key will work with it. It does involve a little theory. But, actually it's not that hard. And, if you don't want to learn the theory you can still do it. All you need to do is know which minor scale works with which Major key.

In our example we play an a minor scale over a C Major chord progression. Actually, we also play exactly the same scale over an a minor chord progression to show how the theory works. Exactly the same solo over 2 different keys. Watch our video to learn how to do it. As promised in the video you can download the two original backing tracks we created for this lesson for free. Use them to practice the ideas you learn on how to use a relative minor in music.

Here's the backing tracks for you download and use. The chord progression of the first example is C - FMaj7 - em - G.

The second track shown in the video is am - am - G - F.

One last note for the video showing how to use the relative minor. Remember the guitar solo was written first - without any chords, basslines or anything. That's why at times it might not sound quite right. But, imagine what you could do if you got this concept of the relative minor down and started using it in your own songs and playing- build a chord progression, add a bass line, then get creative with what you've learned here.

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