Meaning of minor scale

mi'nor scale'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Also calleda scale having half steps between the second and third, fifth and sixth, and seventh and eighth degrees, with whole steps for the other intervals.
  2. Also calleda scale having the third degree lowered a half step when ascending, and the seventh, sixth, and third degrees lowered a half step when descending.
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