I'm trying to understand how to use the minor scales
that i practice daily (Melodic minor, Harmonic minor, NAtural minor) to build compositions and improvise.
I know that the diatonic chords
often used in minor keys
i-iidim-III-iv-V-VI-viidim Where the root of each chord is the notes in the Minor Harmonic scale
. This creates more dissonance
and release when doing a V-I progression
because the leading tone
is raised a half step from the natural minor.
I also understand that one progression that is often used for minor scales is : VII > III > VI > iidim> V > viidim > i where VII os actually Major (from the natural minor scale) , but the 7th degree scale then moves up a half step and becomes diminished when we want to go from vii-dim > I (to add tension and release for the home key)
This is all i can find on the minor keys online unfortunately. but there must be more information on these scales?
I what other harmonic progressions do you recommend for the minor scales? To what other common rules apply to the minor scales to give the audience what they expect (harmonically and melody wise)? When is it generally okay to switch between melodic, harmonic and natural minor? I'm trying to learn to basic rules that history of western music has taught us in order to give the audience what they expect for minor scales in terms of harmonly, progression, consonance and dissonance and so I can break them once i have a solid grounding in the