The C minor scale on flute has its tonic on C natural. It also has the pitches C, D, E♭, F, G, A♭, and B♭. The key signature of this scale has three flats – B♭, E♭, and A♭. The C minor scale is relative to the E♭ major scale, parallel to the C major scale, dominant to the G minor scale, and subdominant to the F minor scale.
There are three different C minor scales for the flute:
- C natural minor
- C harmonic minor
- C melodic minor
Click here to see the fingering chart for C minor notes.
C natural minor scale on the flute
If you would like to play the C natural minor scale on the flute correctly, you can use the two-octave scale chart below to know what notes to flatten or sharpen.
C harmonic minor scale on flute
The C harmonic minor scale on the flute has a sharpened seventh note, which is called B♭. This alteration creates a distinct sound and distinguishes it from the C natural minor scale. Below is a two-octave scale chart for C harmonic minor on the flute.
C melodic minor scale on flute (ascending and descending)
The C melodic minor scale on the flute differs from the C natural minor scale because it has the sixth and seventh notes, A♭ and B♭, respectively, sharpened when ascending and flattened when descending. Below is a two-octave scale chart for C melodic minor on flute.
C minor arpeggio for flute
The C minor arpeggio notes are C, Eb, and G. An arpeggio is a musical pattern where the notes of the flute are played in succession. In the case of a C minor arpeggio, the notes of the C minor chord (C, Eb, and G) are played one after the other. The arpeggio can be played using various fingerings and octaves on the flute.