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B Minor Scale

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

Notes of B Minor Scale

The B Minor Scale contains two sharps, F# and C#.

B – C# – D – E – F# – G – A

Scale Formula

The scale formula for the B minor scale is:

Root – Major 2nd – Minor 3rd – Perfect 4th – Perfect 5th – Minor 6th – Minor 7th

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMinor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMinor 6thMinor 7th
NotesBC#DEF#GA

Scale Structure

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

W H W W H W W

B minor scale whole step half step diagram

Scale Positions

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

Position 1

B minor scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

B minor scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

B minor scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

B minor scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

B minor scale position 5 diagram

Chords in the Key of B Minor

DegreeiiiĀ°IIIivvVIVII
ChordBmC#dimDEmF#mGA
Chord NotesB – D – F#C# – E – GD – E – F#E – G – BF# – A – C#G – B – DA – C# – E

Relative and Parallel Scales

Relative Major of B Minor: D Major | D – Em – F#m – G – A – Bm – C#dim

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

Modes

The following are the modes of B Minor:

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