A# Pentatonic Minor

A#m pentatonic scale for guitar.
The A sharp Pentatonic Minor is a five-note scale. The diagram shows a fingerboard with the notes in the scale. Darker color marks the root notes. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 6th fret.

A# Pentatonic Minor 2 octaves

A# Pentatonic Minor scale diagram

A# Pentatonic Minor full fretboard

A# Pentatonic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

A# Pentatonic Minor with note names

A# Pentatonic Minor scale with note letters diagram
Notes: A# - C# - D# - F - G# Intervals: 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 Type: Pentatonic

The scale and its scale degrees.

Formula Notes
1 A#
b3 C#
4 D#
5 F
b7 G#

The second and the sixth degrees are omitted, for the reason that the degrees are based on the natural Minor seven-note scale.

The interval formula (3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.

Notes (ascending) Interval
A#-C# m3
A#-D# P4
A#-F P5
A#-G# m7

Abbreviations are used: M / m stands for major / minor and P stands for perfect.

Notes (descending) Interval
A#-G# M2
A#-F P4
A#-D# P5
A#-C# M6

The notes in the scale can be described as intervals, written as 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 from the first note to the first in next octave.
The A# Pentatonic Minor is relative to C# Pentatonic Major. Both scales include the same notes but has different root notes.

Some of the chords that are related to this scale are listed here:

  • A#m
  • C#
  • D#m7
  • Fm7
  • G#5

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the A# Pentatonic Minor scale. Notice that the match is not completely exact, the third (F#) in D#m7 and the fifth (C) in Fm7 are not included in the scale.

Related to this scale is the A# Pentatonic Minor add2, adding the 2nd degree. It can be displayed as follows:

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 A# Unison Tonic
2 B# Major second Supertonic
b3 C# Minor third Mediant
4 D# Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 E# Perfect fifth Dominant
b7 G# Minor seventh Subtonic

The A# Pentatonic Minor add2 scale, is identical to the A# Minor except for missing the major 6th interval.

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

A sharp Pentatonic Minor scale first shape ascending.

A# Pentatonic Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.