E Minor scale

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.


2 octaves

E minor scale diagram Notes: E - F# - G - A - B - C - D Intervals: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 Type: Septonic 

The scale displayed with its numeric formula and scale degrees.

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

The main chords that are related to this scale are the following:

  • Em
  • F#dim
  • G
  • Am
  • Bm
  • C
  • D

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the E Minor scale.

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.

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

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