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The F sharp minor scale has three sharps (F#, G#, and C#) and it is usually found in popular guitar pieces (not so often in classical repertoire), as it is the relative minor of A major, a very natural scale for guitar writing. The notes that make up the F sharp minor scale are the same ones used for the B doric mode, C# phrygian, D lydian, E mixolydian, F# aeolian (or minor), and G# locrian. It should be noted that it's enharmonic scale, G flat minor, is almost never used as it is impractical for reading and writing.

Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the F sharp minor scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the F sharp minor scale, together with their harmonic function.


F# minor
Pattern I

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F# minor
Pattern II

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F# minor
Pattern III

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F# minor
Pattern IV

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F# minor
Pattern V

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F# minor
Pattern VI

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F# minor
Pattern VII

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The following chords can be played when using the F# minor scale.

I
F#m
I7
F7
ii7b5
G#m7b5
II7
G7
III
A
III7
A7
iv
Bm
IV
B
#iv°
C°
V(7)
C#(7)
v
C#m
VI
D
#vi7b5
D#m7b5
VII
E
vii°7
F°7