This scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the D Minor scale on guitar. For an in-depth lesson on the minor scale, see Minor Scale Patterns, Positions and Theory.
Notes of D Minor Scale
The D Minor scale contains 1 flat and 6 natural notes.
D – E – F – G – A – B♭ – C
The scale formula for the D Minor scale is:
Root – Major 2nd – Minor 3rd – Perfect 4th – Perfect 5th – Minor 6th – Minor 7th
|Intervals||Root||Major 2nd||Minor 3rd||Perfect 4th||Perfect 5th||Minor 6th||Minor 7th|
D Minor is a minor scale, so it 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 D Minor scale.
Chords in the Key of D Minor
When you harmonize the D Minor scale you get the following chords:
|Chord Notes||D – F – A||E – G – B♭||F – A – C||G – B♭ – D||A – C – E||B♭ – D – F||C – E – G|
Relative and Parallel Scales
Relative Major of D Minor: F Major | D – E – F – G – A – B♭ – C
Parallel Major of D Minor: D Major | D – E – F# – G – A – B – C#
The following are the modes of D Minor:
- F Ionian (Major)
- G Dorian (Minor)
- A Phrygian (Minor)
- B♭ Lydian (Major)
- C Mixolydian (Major)
- D Aeolian (Minor)
- E Locrian (Minor)