F# Pentatonic Minor

F#m Pentatonic scale for guitar.
The F sharp 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, 2nd fret.

F# Pentatonic Minor 2 octaves

F# Pentatonic Minor scale diagram

F# Pentatonic Minor full fretboard

F# Pentatonic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

F# Pentatonic Minor with note names

F# Pentatonic Minor scale with note letters diagram

Shape 1 (2nd position) with fingerings

F# Pentatonic Minor scale shape 1 diagram

Shape 2 (4th position) with fingerings

F# Pentatonic Minor scale shape 2 diagram

Shape 3 (6th position) with fingerings

F# Pentatonic Minor scale shape 3 diagram

Shape 4 (9th position) with fingerings

F# Pentatonic Minor scale shape 4 diagram

Shape 5 (11th position) with fingerings

F# Pentatonic Minor scale shape 5 diagram
Notes: F# - A - B - C# - E Intervals: 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 Type: Pentatonic

The scale and its scale degrees.

Formula Notes
1 F#
b3 A
4 B
5 C#
b7 E

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
F#-A m3
F#-B P4
F#-C# P5
F#-E m7

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

Notes (descending) Interval
F#-E M2
F#-C# P4
F#-B P5
F#-A 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 F# Pentatonic Minor is relative to A 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:

  • F#m
  • A
  • Bm7
  • C#m7
  • E5

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the F# Pentatonic Minor scale. Notice that the match is not completely exact, the third (D) in Bm7 and the fifth (G#) in C#m7 are not included in the scale.

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

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 F# Unison Tonic
2 G# Major second Supertonic
b3 A Minor third Mediant
4 B Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 C# Perfect fifth Dominant
sb7 E Minor seventh Subtonic

The F# Pentatonic Minor add2 scale, is identical with the F# 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:

F sharp Pentatonic Minor scale first shape ascending.

F# Pentatonic Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.