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    What does "Dm" mean?

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    Example "Dm"

    I 'm guessing it means minor?

    I'm doing this because i'm using a key locating software for samples and it's says "m" sometimes. I already know "b" means flat but idk what "m" means

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    yup, just means minor
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Funk Junkie View Post
    yup, just means minor
    Now that i know the key for the sample is minor, how would i find the scale though?
    Since minor has 3 different scales (the natural minor scale, the harmonic minor scale, and the melodic minor scale). How do i chose one of those as the correct scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moses619 View Post
    Now that i know the key for the sample is minor, how would i find the scale though?
    Since minor has 3 different scales (the natural minor scale, the harmonic minor scale, and the melodic minor scale). How do i chose one of those as the correct scale.
    probably natural

    although it's simpler to just think of it as D Minor instead of natural / harmonic / melodic
    Last edited by Charade; 08-30-2019 at 11:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charade View Post
    probably natural

    although it's simpler to just think of it as D Minor instead of natural / harmonic / melodic
    True but what if it's not just a D minor
    Last edited by Moses619; 08-30-2019 at 02:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moses619 View Post
    True but what if it's not just a D minor
    what is the context of what you're trying to figure out or accomplish?
    Last edited by Charade; 08-30-2019 at 03:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charade View Post
    what is the context of what you're trying to figure out or accomplish?
    Let me give you some background:
    I like to get melody-loops and compose a hip hop beat over them using FL studio.

    The problem is i don't know the original scale of the loop so i use the software Keyfinder to locate the key, or go to 'detect pitch regions' on edison to create scale from the detected keys.

    It would be much easier if i could know know the exact scale (minor, harmonic, melodic)

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    A key of Dm is a key of Dm, and Dm chords will work whatever. You usually use a natural scale: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C, D (and the same notes descending in reverse). The only reason why there's a harmonic scale is that, depending on the music, sometimes the gaps at the top make it sound a bit artificial. So the gaps are slightly altered at the top to make it sound better: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C#, D. Just sounds better sometimes. But the scale is virtually the same.
    Ditto for the melodic scale - again there's a small alteration to assist singers in moving from one tone to another at the top: D, E, F, G, A, B, C#, D (note you don't descend the melodic in reverse - you use the natural scale going down.)
    Summary: use D Natural. If something doesn't sound right try C# instead of C.
    Remember though that the writers of the loop could have used any of these or a combination, so it may not be easy to pin it to a particular fixed scale.
    Hope this helps a bit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRR View Post
    A key of Dm is a key of Dm, and Dm chords will work whatever. You usually use a natural scale: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C, D (and the same notes descending in reverse). The only reason why there's a harmonic scale is that, depending on the music, sometimes the gaps at the top make it sound a bit artificial. So the gaps are slightly altered at the top to make it sound better: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C#, D. Just sounds better sometimes. But the scale is virtually the same.
    Ditto for the melodic scale - again there's a small alteration to assist singers in moving from one tone to another at the top: D, E, F, G, A, B, C#, D (note you don't descend the melodic in reverse - you use the natural scale going down.)
    Summary: use D Natural. If something doesn't sound right try C# instead of C.
    Remember though that the writers of the loop could have used any of these or a combination, so it may not be easy to pin it to a particular fixed scale.
    Hope this helps a bit!
    Man thanks alot, this exactly what i needed to know thanks. Off to my loop now!

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    D minor.

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