Harmonic and Melodic scales

If a scale is harmonic, i know that means that you raise the 7th note on the way up and the way down But what does it mean to have a melodic scale? You raise the 6th and 7th notes on the way up but what happens on the way down?

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As you suggested, melodic minor scales raise the 6th and 7th degrees on the way up, and on the way down the scale resembles a descending natural minor scale with the usual minor 6th and 7th degrees.

Jan 07, 2015
grimmdude

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