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The C minor scale has only three flat notes (Bb, Eb, and Ab), and it is not often used in classical guitar music. It has been historically associated with Beethoven and the musical depictions of heroic struggle.

The relative major scale of C minor is E flat major. The notes that make up the C minor scale are the same ones used for the F doric mode, G phyrigian, Ab lydian, Bb mixolydian, and D locrian. Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the C minor scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the C 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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I
Cm
I7
C7
ii7b5
Dm7b5
II7
D7

III
Eb
III7
Eb7
iv
Fm
IV
F
#iv°
F#°
V(7)
G(7)
v
Gm

VI
Ab
#vi7b5
Am7b5
VII
Bb
vii°7
B°7