G# Pentatonic Minor

G#m pentatonic scale for guitar.
The G 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, 4th fret.

G# Pentatonic Minor 2 octaves

G# Pentatonic Minor scale diagram

G# Pentatonic Minor full fretboard

G# Pentatonic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

G# Pentatonic Minor with note names

G# Pentatonic Minor scale with note letters diagram
Notes: G# - B - C# - D# - F# Intervals: 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 Type: Pentatonic

The scale and its scale degrees.

Formula Notes
1 G#
b3 B
4 C#
5 D#
b7 F#

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
G#-B m3
G#-C# P4
G#-D# P5
G#-F# m7

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

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

  • G#m
  • B
  • C#m7
  • D#m7
  • F#5

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

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

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
b7 F# Minor seventh Subtonic

The G# Pentatonic Minor add2 scale, is identical to the G# Minor except for missing the major 6th interval.

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

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G sharp Pentatonic Minor scale first shape ascending.

G# Pentatonic Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.