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
|Intervals||Root||Major 2nd||Minor 3rd||Perfect 4th||Perfect 5th||Minor 6th||Minor 7th|
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
The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the A Minor scale.
Chords in the Key of A Minor
|Chord Notes||A – C – E||B – D – F||C – E – G||D – F – A||E – G – B||F – A – C||G – B – D|
Relative and Parallel Scales
Relative Major of A Minor: C Major | C – Dm – Em – F – G -Am – Bdim
Parallel Major of A Minor: A Major | A – Bm – C#m – D – E – F#m – G#dim
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)