Minor Scale Guitar Patterns

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The minor scale is also known as Aeolian scale or natural minor. The minor scale is correlated with sentimental, tragic or sad emotions.

The patterns presented in this post are only for E minor scale, but can be applied for other scales by translating these positions on the guitar fretboard. For E minor scale, the corresponding one is G major scale, which contains the same notes but with different roots.

There are 5 positions or patterns on the guitar fretboard for the minor scale.

The notes marked with green color in images are the root notes of the scale.

Position/pattern 1

E Minor Guitar Scale

The staff and tab version of the first position/pattern of the E minor guitar scale:

E-minor-scale-position-1

Text tab version of the scale:

E |--------------------------------------------2--3--5----||
B |--------------------------------------3--5-------------||
G |-----------------------------2--4--5-------------------||
D |--------------------2--4--5----------------------------||
A |-----------2--3--5-------------------------------------||
E |--2--3--5----------------------------------------------||

Position/pattern 2

E-minor-scale-position-2

The staff and tab version of the second position/pattern of the E minor guitar scale:

E-minor-scale-position-2

Text tab version of the scale:

E |--------------------------------------------5--7--8----||
B |-----------------------------------5--7--8-------------||
G |--------------------------4--5--7----------------------||
D |-----------------4--5--7-------------------------------||
A |-----------5--7----------------------------------------||
E |--5--7--8----------------------------------------------||

Position/pattern 3

E-minor-scale-position-3

The staff and tab version of the third position/pattern of the E minor guitar scale:

E-minor-scale-position-3

Text tab version of the scale:

E |------------------------------------------------7--8--10----||
B |--------------------------------------7--8--10--------------||
G |--------------------------------7--9------------------------||
D |----------------------7--9--10------------------------------||
A |------------7--9--10----------------------------------------||
E |--7--8--10--------------------------------------------------||

Position/pattern 4

E-minor-scale-position-4

The staff and tab version of the fourth position/pattern of the E minor guitar scale:

E-minor-scale-position-5

Text tab version of the scale:

E |------------------------------------------------------10--12----||
B |------------------------------------------10--12--13------------||
G |--------------------------------9--11-12------------------------||
D |---------------------9--10--12----------------------------------||
A |----------9--10--12---------------------------------------------||
E |--10--12--------------------------------------------------------||

Position/pattern 5

E-minor-scale-position-5

The staff and tab version of the fifth position/pattern of the E minor guitar scale:

E-minor-scale-position-5

Text tab version of the scale:

E |----------------------------------------------------------12--14--15----||
B |----------------------------------------------12--13--15----------------||
G |----------------------------------11--12--14----------------------------||
D |--------------------------12--14----------------------------------------||
A |--------------12--14--15------------------------------------------------||
E |--12--14--15------------------------------------------------------------||

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