E Pentatonic Minor scale

Em pentatonic scale for guitar.
The E 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, 12th fret.


2 octaves

E pentatonic minor scale diagram Notes: E - G - A - B - D Intervals: 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 Type: Pentatonic

The scale and its scale degrees.

Formula Notes
1 E
b3 G
4 A
5 B
b7 D

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

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

  • Em
  • G
  • Am7
  • Bm7
  • D5

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the E Pentatonic Minor scale. Notice that the match is not completely exact, the third (C) in Am7 and the fifth (F#) in Bm7 are not included in the scale.

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 E Pentatonic Minor is relative to G Pentatonic Major. Both scales include the same notes but has different root notes.

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

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