Minor Scale - Natural-minor System

Natural-minor System

Found outside of traditional Western classical music, the natural-minor "system" is defined by, "(1) the use of only major and minor triads (or seventh chords made out of them) and (2) keeping the natural-minor scale pure as the aggregate pitch content," with the one exception being the chromaticism of the VIdom7. Thus minor triads on, and, and major on, are allowed but no form on the second is, either the altered major or minor, or the already occurring but consistently avoided diminished triad .

"The natural-minor system, though the simplest of the harmonic systems used in rock, is also the least common." However, examples of pieces in natural minor include Billy Ocean's "Caribbean Queen", R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion", Styx's "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)", K.C. and the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way (I Like It)", the Romantics' "Talking In Your Sleep", the Animals' "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", Fleetwood Mac's "I'm So Afraid", Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine", and, with IVdom7, Eric Clapton's version of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff".

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