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The C sharp minor scale has three sharps (F#, C#, and G#), and it is sometimes found in classical guitar literature. Its relative major, E major, is one of the most used scales in guitar writing, so it's only natural that works contain fragments in C sharp minor. However, it is not among the most common keys in orchestral and piano writing. In some genres of popular music, guitarists will tune their guitars half a step down (either from standard or dropped tunnings), in order to accommodate singers. Thus, a work played as in D minor may actually sound in C sharp minor. It should be noted that it's enharmonic scale, D flat minor, is almost never used as it is impractical for reading and writing.

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


C# minor
Pattern I

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C# minor
Pattern II

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C# minor
Pattern III

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C# minor
Pattern IV

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C# minor
Pattern V

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C# minor
Pattern VI

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C# minor
Pattern VII

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

I
C#m
I7
C#7
ii7b5
D#m7b5
II7
D#7

III
E
III7
E7
iv
F#m
IV
F#
#iv°
G°
V(7)
G#(7)
v
G#m

VI
A
#vi7b5
A#m7b5
VII
B
vii°7
C°7