Guitar Minor Scales and Patterns - Guitar Music Theory

Guitar Minor Scales

Here we are going to know about all the Guitar Minor Scales and their Patterns in a very simple way. You only need one simple Minor Scale formula to form any Minor Scale. If you know the Major Scales then it becomes very easy to know all the Minor Scales.

What are Minor Scales?

Just like Major Scales, you can form any Minor Scale with a single formula. Always keep in mind that Minor Scales are always sounded sad. It is very useful for sad guitar song soloing or lead.

In Minor Scale, you just need to lower the half step (one fret) of 3rd, 6th, 7th note of the Major Scale.

Just like the Major Scale, we have Formula for the Minor Scales. For e.g. we are going to use the C Minor Scale for demonstration. Let's Understand the formula first.

Guitar Minor Scale Formula:

[ whole - half - whole - whole - half - whole - whole ]
[ 1 - 2 - b3 - 4 - 5 - b6 - b7 - (8) ]

So in this formula, the whole step is one whole step to another note (e.g. - C to D, B to C#, Eb to F). And the half step is half steps to the next note (e.g. - C to C#, B to C, Eb to E).

By using this formula or pattern you can form any Minor Scale you want.

For e.g. - 

So here is the C Chromatic Scale which includes all the 12 notes of music and now we are going to form C Minor Scale from it.

[ C - C# - D - D# - E - F- F# - G - G# - A - A# - B - (C) ]

Now let's use the formula

[ whole Step - half step - whole step - whole step - half step - whole step - whole step ]

Now let's see what we are getting after applying this formula

[ C - D - Eb - F - G - Ab - Bb - (C) ]

Now you know how we got the C Minor Scale by using formula or guitar Minor scale pattern. Similarly, you can apply this formula to any note and get that Minor Scale easily. Lower the 3rd, 6th, and 7th note by a half step of any Major Scale will give you Minor Scale.

Minor Scales in Guitar:

A Minor Scale - [ A, B, C, D, E, F, G, (A) ]

Minor Scale - [ B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A, (B) ]

Minor Scale - [ C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, (C) ]

Minor Scale - [ D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C, (D) ]

Minor Scale - [ E, F#, G, A, B, C, D, (E) ]

Minor Scale - [ F, G, Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, (F) ]

Minor Scale - [ G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, (G) ]

So now you got the idea of how we get all the Minor Scales on Guitar by using just one simple formula without remembering all the scales. If you have any questions, let me know in the comment down below.


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