This guitar scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the C Minor scale. For an in-depth lesson on the major scale, see Minor Scale Positions & Theory.
Notes of C Minor Scale
The C Minor scale contains three flats, E♭, A♭, and B♭. The rest of the notes are naturals.
C – D – E♭ – F – G – A♭ – B♭
|Intervals||Root||Major 2nd||Minor 3rd||Perfect 4th||Perfect 5th||Minor 6th||Minor 7th|
C 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 C Minor scale.
Chords in the Key of C Minor
When harmonizing the C Minor scale, you get the following chords:
|Chord Notes||C – E♭ – G||D – F – A♭||E♭ – G – B♭||F – A♭ – C||G – B♭ – D||A♭ – C – E♭||B♭ – D – F|
Relative and Parallel Scales
Relative Major of C Minor: E♭ Major | E♭ – Fm – Gm – A♭ – B♭ – Cm – Dm♭5
Parallel Major of C Minor: C Major | C – Dm – Em – F – G – Am – Bm♭5
The following are the modes of C Minor:
- C Aeolian (Minor)
- D Locrian (Minor)
- E♭Ionian (Major)
- F Dorian (Minor)
- G Phrygian (Minor)
- A♭ Lydian (Major)
- B♭ Mixolydian (Major)