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The F minor scale has four flat notes (Ab, Bb, Db, and Eb), and it is not often found in the classical guitar repertoire, though it is an extremely popular key for piano writing, particularly from the romantic era (when it was associated with passionate feelings). Sometimes the key of F minor is achieved in the guitar by playing as in E minor with a capo placed in the first fret, a common practice to accommodate singers. The relative minor scale of F minor major is Ab major. The notes that make up the F minor scale are the same ones used for the B flat dorian mode, C phrygian, D flat lydian, E flat mixolydian, and G locrian.

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


F minor
Pattern I

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Pattern II

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Pattern III

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Pattern IV

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Pattern V

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Pattern VI

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Pattern VII

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

I
Fm
I7
F7
ii7b5
Gm7b5
II7
G7
III
Ab
III7
Ab7
iv
Bbm
IV
Bb
#iv°
B°
V(7)
C(7)
v
Cm
VI
Db
#vi7b5
Dm7b5
VII
Eb
vii°7
E°7