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The A minor scale is the archetypal example of a minor scale. It is made up of all the natural notes (the white notes of the piano), thus being the easiest scale to write and read. It is also one of the most used keys in both classical and popular guitar pieces. The relative major scale of A minor is C major. The notes that make up the A minor scale (also the A aeolian) are the same ones used for the D doric mode, E phrygian, F lydian, G mixolydian, C ionian, and B locrian.

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


A minor
Pattern I

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A minor
Pattern II

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A minor
Pattern III

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A minor
Pattern IV

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A minor
Pattern V

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A minor
Pattern VI

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A minor
Pattern VII

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

I
Am
I7
A7
ii7b5
Bm7b5
II7
B7
III
C
III7
C7
iv
Dm
IV
D
#iv°
D#°
V(7)
E(7)
v
Em
VI
F
#vi7b5
F#m7b5
VII
G
vii°7
G#°7