Learn how to play a new minor scale on guitar with this step-by-step E minor scale guitar lesson. You’ll learn scale positions, how the scale works, and more!
E Minor Scale Guitar Lesson
E minor scale notes
There are seven notes in the E natural minor scale, one of which is sharp.
E minor scale formula
The formula for the E Minor Scale and every other minor scale is 1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7.
E Minor Scale Intervals (Half and Whole steps)
The half and whole step sequence for the E Minor Scale and every other minor scale is:
Scale degrees of the E minor scale
E Minor Chord
The E Minor Chord is the root chord (the 1st chord) in the E Minor Scale.
Relative major of E minor
The relative major of E minor is G major.
How to play the E Minor Scale
You can play theE Minor Scale on guitar by finding the E note and following the minor scale formula, which results in the notes E-F#-G-A-B-C-D
By doing this you’ll end up with countless positions and shapes for the E minor scale.
As for this lesson, you’ll look at the E minor scales’ CAGED positions, open position, and other related scales.
E Minor Scale CAGED Positions
Position 1/ Open
As you can see, the open position shape is slightly different than the CAGED position an octave higher. This is due to the placement of the 2nd interval in the 12th position shape.
Modes of E minor
The 7 modes of E minor are:
- E Aeolian
- F# Locrian
- G Ionian
- A Dorian
- B Phrygian
- C Lydian
- D Mixolydian