E Minor scale for guitar.
The E Minor is a seven-note scale, also called Natural E Minor. Colored circles mark the tones in the diagram, with darker color highlighting the root notes. The root notes are always E tones. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 12th fret.
E Minor 2 octaves
E Minor full fretboard
E Minor with note names
Shape 1 (11th position) with fingerings
Shape 2 (2nd position) with fingerings
Shape 3 (4th position) with fingerings
Shape 4 (7th position) with fingerings
Shape 5 (9th position) with fingerings
E Minor in open position
The scale displayed with its numeric formula and scale degrees.
The interval formula (2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.
Abbreviations are used: M / m stands for major / minor and P stands for perfect.
The E 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 E Minor is relative to G Major. Both scales include the same notes but their tonal center differ.
The E Minor is identical with the E 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:
|Em, Em7, Em9, Em11|
|G, Gmaj7, G6, G6/9, Gmaj9, Gmaj13|
|Am, Am7, Am6, Am9, Am11, Am13|
|C, Cmaj7, C6, C6/9, Cmaj9|
|D, D7, D6, D9, D11, D13|
The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the E Minor scale in which Em is the tonic triad and Em7 the tonic 7th chord.
Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.Normal tempo:
E Minor scale first shape ascending.
The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.
Studies based on E Minor scale.
Study 1 (tab & standard notation)
Study 2 (tab & standard notation)