G# Melodic Minor

G sharp Melodic Minor scale for guitar.
The G# Melodic Minor is a seven-note scale. Colored circles mark the tones in the fingerboard diagram, with darker color highlighting the root notes. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 4th fret.

G# Melodic Minor 2 octaves

G# Melodic Minor scale diagram

G# Melodic Minor full fretboard

G# Melodic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

G# Melodic Minor with note names

G# Melodic Minor scale with note letters diagram
Notes: G# - A# - B - C# - D# - E# - F## Intervals: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 Type: Septonic 

The scale displayed with its numeric formula, intervals and scale degrees.

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

The sixth degree is written as E#, which is the same as F. The seventh degree is written as F##, which is the same as G. A practice in a scale notation is to not include the same letter twice, if it can be avoided.

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

  • G#m
  • A#m
  • Baug
  • C#
  • D#
  • Fdim
  • Gdim

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the G# Melodic Minor scale in which G#m is the tonic triad.

The G sharp Melodic 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 - 2 - 2 - 1 from the first note to the next octave.
This scale has an unusual aspect: it ascends as described above but descends as the Natural Minor. For that reason, it is also known as the Ascending Melodic Minor.
The G# Melodic Minor is one of three G# Minor scales, the other two are G# Natural Minor and G# Harmonic Minor.
The scale is identical with the Major scale apart from the minor third. Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as Ionian b3 scale.