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G Minor Scale

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

Notes of G Minor Scale

The G Minor scale contains 2 flats and 5 natural notes.

G – A – B♭ – C – D – E♭ – F

Scale Formula

The scale formula for the G Minor scale is:

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

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMinor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMinor 6thMinor 7th
NotesGAB♭CDE♭F

Scale Structure

G Minor follows the minor scale structure of whole and half step intervals:

W H W W H W W

G minor scale whole step half step formula diagram

G Minor Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the G Minor scale on the guitar.

Position 1

G minor scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

G minor scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

G minor scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

G minor scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

G minor scale position 5 diagram

Chords in the Key of G Minor

When you harmonize the G Minor scale you get the following chords:

Degreeiii°IIIivvVIVII
ChordGAdimB♭CmDmE♭F
Chord NotesG – B♭ – DA – C – E♭B♭ – D – FC – E♭ – GD – F – AE♭ – G – B♭F – A – C

Relative and Parallel Scales

Relative Major of G Minor: B♭ Major | B♭ – Cm – Dm – E♭ – F – Gm – Adim

Parallel Major of G Minor: G Major | G – Am – Bm – C – D – Em – F#dim

Modes

The following are the modes of G Minor:

  • B♭ Ionian (Major)
  • C Dorian (Minor)
  • D Phrygian (Minor)
  • E♭ Lydian (Major)
  • F Mixolydian (Major)
  • G Aeolian (Minor)
  • A Locrian (Minor)
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Guitar Key Guide is a valuable reference for quickly determining the chords and scale patterns for all major and minor keys. It includes the following:

  • Basics of diatonic harmony and key theory
  • Chords for all the major and minor keys (5 shapes for each chord based on the CAGED system)
  • 5 patterns of the major and minor scales for each major and minor key
  • Theory behind building key chords from major and minor scales
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