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Use of minor 3rd in scale steps, why?

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I was playing through some scales from a book and I noticed the steps of C Harmonic Minor were described as WHWWHm3H. My question is why is the step between the 6th and 7th degree called a m3 rather than just using W or H? Is it because the jump is 3 semi tones so easier to notate as m3?

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On 3/15/2017 at 1:29 PM, mset3 said:


I've seen it written several ways with a -3, HW, 1/2W, W+H, W+.


Thanks Mike, good to be able to identify these symbols correctly.

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