E Pentatonic Minor

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.

E Pentatonic Minor 2 octaves

E Pentatonic Minor scale diagram

E Pentatonic Minor full fretboard

E Pentatonic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

E Pentatonic Minor with note names

E Pentatonic Minor scale with note letters diagram

Open position

E Pentatonic Minor scale diagram open position
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.

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

Notes (ascending) Interval
E-G m3
E-A P4
E-B P5
E-D m7

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

Notes (descending) Interval
E-D M2
E-B P4
E-A P5
E-G 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 E Pentatonic Minor is relative to G 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:

  • 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.

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

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
b7 D Minor seventh Subtonic

The E Pentatonic Minor add2 scale, is identical to the E 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:

E Pentatonic Minor scale first shape ascending.

E Pentatonic Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings (zero means open string).