D# Minor

D sharp Minor scale for guitar presented by diagram.
The D# Minor is a seven-note scale, also called Natural D# Minor. Colored circles mark the tones in the diagram, with darker color highlighting the root notes. The root notes are always D# tones. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 11th fret.

D# Minor 2 octaves

D# Minor scale diagram

D# Minor full fretboard

D# Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

D# Minor with note names

D# Minor scale with note letters diagram
Notes: D# - E# - F# - G# - A# - B - C# Intervals: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 Type: Septonic

The scale displayed with its numeric formula, intervals and scale degrees.

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 D# Unison Tonic
2 E# Major second Supertonic
b3 F# Minor third Mediant
4 G# Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 A# Perfect fifth Dominant
b6 B Minor sixth Submediant
b7 C# Minor seventh Subtonic

The second degree is written as E#, which is the same as F. A practice in a scale notation is to not include the same letter twice, if it can be avoided.

The interval formula (2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.

Notes (ascending) Interval
D#-F M2
D#-F# m3
D#-G# P4
D#-A# P5
D#-B m6
D#-C# m7
Notes (descending) Interval
D#-C# M2
D#-B M3
D#-A# P4
D#-G# P5
D#-F# M6
D#-F m7

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

The D sharp Minor scale consists of seven notes. These can be described as intervals, as semi-notes or steps on the guitar fingerboard, written as 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 from the first note to the next octave.
The D# Minor is relative to F# Major. Both scales include the same notes but their tonal center differ.
The D# Minor is identical with the D# Aeolian mode.

Beneficial to learn this scale is to observe the note steps starting from the root: whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole, whole. The same formula applies for the whole neck.

These are chords built from the notes of this scale:

D#m, D#m7, D#m9, D#m11
Fdim, Fm7b5
F#, F#maj7, F#6, F#6/9, F#maj9, F#maj13
G#m, G#m7, G#m6, G#m9, G#m11, G#m13
A#m, A#m7
B, Bmaj7, B6, B6/9, Bmaj9
C#, C#7, C#6, C#9, C#11, C#13

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the D# Minor scale in which D#m is the tonic triad and D#m7 the tonic 7th chord.

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

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

D# Minor scale first shape ascending.

D# Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.