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A Minor Scale

This guitar scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the A Minor scale. For an in-depth lesson on the major scale, please see Minor Scale Positions & Theory.

Notes of A Minor Scale

The A Minor Scale is the only minor scale that contains all natural notes with no sharps or flats.

A – B – C – D – E – F – G

Scale Formula

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMinor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMinor 6thMinor 7th
NotesABCDEFG

Scale Structure

A Minor is a minor scale and follows the minor scale structure of whole and half step intervals:

W H W W H W W

A minor whole step half step structure

Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the A Minor scale.

Position 1

A minor scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

A minor scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

A minor scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

A minor scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

A minor scale position 5 diagram

Chords in the Key of A Minor

DegreeiiiĀ°IIIivv/th>VIVI
ChordAmBdimCDmEmFG
Chord NotesA – C – EB – D – FC – E – GD – F – AE – G – BF – A – CG – B – D

Relative and Parallel Scales

Relative Major of A Minor: C Major | C – Dm – Em – F – G -Am – Bdim

Parallel Major of C Minor: A Major | A – Bm – C#m – D – E – F#m – G#dim

Modes

The following are the modes of A Minor:

  • C Ionian (Major)
  • D Dorian (Minor)
  • E Phrygian (Minor)
  • F Lydian (Major)
  • G Mixolydian (Major)
  • A Aeolian (Minor)
  • B Locrian (Minor)