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Natural Minor Scale

Minor scales come in three main varieties, the natural minor, melodic minor and harmonic minor. The tabs on this page show some common guitar scale patterns for the natural minor scale. This scale happens to share the same notes as it's relative major counterpart, so for example, C major and A natural minor share the same notes.

Even though the two scales are essentially the same patterns it's still important to think of them separately, so take note of the root notes. The symmetrical nature of the guitar fretboard makes this a bit difficult to visualise the differences so it's a good idea to practice over backing tracks in the two different keys otherwise you can end up with your minor scales actually sounding major and vice versa.

1. C minor scale with the root note on 6th string 8th fret

E||------------------------------6-8-||
B||------------------------6-8-9-----||
G||------------------5-7-8-----------||
D||------------5-6-8-----------------||
A||------5-6-8-----------------------||
E||--6-8-----------------------------||

2. C minor scale with the root note on 6th string 8th fret

E||-------------------------------------8-10-11-||
B||------------------------------8-9-11---------||
G||-----------------------7-8-10----------------||
D||------------------8-10-----------------------||
A||----------8-10-11----------------------------||
E||--8-10-11------------------------------------||

3. C minor scale with the root note on 4th string, 10th fret

E||--------------------------------------------10-11-13-||
B||--------------------------------------11-13----------||
G||-----------------------------10-12-13----------------||
D||--------------------10-12-13-------------------------||
A||-----------10-11-13----------------------------------||
E||--10-11-13-------------------------------------------||

4. C minor scale with the root note on 5th string 15th fret

E||--------------------------------------------11-13-15-||
B||--------------------------------------13-15----------||
G||-----------------------------12-13-15----------------||
D||--------------------12-13-15-------------------------||
A||-----------11-13-15----------------------------------||
E||--11-13-15-------------------------------------------||

5. C minor scale with the root note on 5th string 3rd fret

E||------------------------------3-4-6-||
B||------------------------3-4-6-------||
G||--------------------3-5-------------||
D||--------------3-5-6-----------------||
A||--------3-5-6-----------------------||
E||--3-4-6-----------------------------||