In music, the parallel minor of a particular major key (or the parallel major of a minor key) is the key which has the same tonic and a different key signature, as opposed to relative minor (or major, respectively). For example, G major and G minor have different key signatures (one sharp and two flats, respectively) but both have the same tonic, G; so we say that G minor is the parallel minor of G major.
Easily calculating the parallel major or minor of a key
To find the parallel minor of a key, add 3 flats to the key signature.
For example, F major has 1 flat (B). Adding 3 flats would yield 4 flats, meaning F minor has 4 flats in its key signature. (B E A D)
B major has 5 sharps (F C G D A). To find B minor, add 3 flats. Since flats cancel out sharps, you are left with 2 sharps. (F C)
To find the parallel major, add 3 sharps.
Em to EM: Em has 1 sharp (F). Add 3 to get 4 sharps. (F C G D)
Fm to FM: Fm has 4 flats (B E A D). Add 3 sharps to get 1 flat. (B)
This is called the relative minor to the majorkey (or relative major to the minorkey, depending upon from which you are starting.) For example: in F Major, the sixth scale degree is the pitch class "D":
The minor scale may be considered as the sixth mode of a major scale, or otherwise a variation, such as a major scale with a lowered third, sixth, and seventh.
The minor third is considered the hallmark of a minor scale, since the sixth and seventh may be variably raised while the third remains unaltered.
The use of triads only available in the minor mode, such as the use of A♭-major in C major, is relatively decorative chromaticism, considered to add color and weaken sense of key without entirely destroying or losing it.
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