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The E minor scale has only one sharp note (F#) and it is one of the most used scales in both the classical and popular guitar repertoires, as it is a very natural key for the instrument: four of the guitar's open strings are part of the tonic chord.

The relative major scale of E minor major is G major. The notes that make up the E minor scale are the same ones used for the A doric mode, B phrygian, C lydian, D mixolydian, and F# locrian. Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the E minor scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the E minor scale, together with their harmonic function.



E minor
Pattern I

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E minor
Pattern II

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E minor
Pattern III

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E minor
Pattern IV

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E minor
Pattern V

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E minor
Pattern VI

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E minor
Pattern VII

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

I
Em
I7
E7
ii7b5
F#m7b5
II7
F#7
III
G
III7
G7
iv
Am
IV
A
#iv°
A#°
V(7)
B(7)
v
Bm
VI
C
#vi7b5
C#m7b5
VII
D
vii°7
D#°7