The notes of the E minor scale are E, F♯, G, A, B, C and D
The relative major of the E minor scale is G major
E minor scale piano layout & finger position
The E natural minor scale is the default when we just say 'E minor scale'.
Here's a piano keyboard showing the notes of the E minor scale, followed by a visual for the finger position on the piano. Hit play to hear the notes of the E minor scale up and down:
Chords in the key of E minor
(E minor diatonic chords)
The chords in the key of E minor are: E minor, F♯ diminished, G major, A minor, B minor, C major and D major
Tap or use numbers 1 through 7 to trigger the chords. You can also tap to trigger the chord inversions or the 7th chords. This tool can be used as a chord progression generator.
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Common chord progressions in the key of E minor
Here's list of popular minor key chord progressions along with the specific chords they represent in the key of E minor. Again, you can use numbers 1 through 7 on your keyboard to trigger the different chords:
Toggle E minor scale intervals & scale degrees
|2: Supertonic||F♯||Major 2nd|
|3: Mediant||G||Minor 3rd|
|4: Subdominant||A||Perfect 4th|
|5: Dominant||B||Perfect 5th|
|6: Submediant||C||Minor 6th|
|7: Subtonic||D||Minor 7th|
|1: Octave/Tonic||E||Perfect 8th|
E Harmonic Minor Scale
notes: E F♯ G A B C D♯
ⓘ↓ about harmonic minor scale
From the natural minor scale, the harmonic minor scale is created by raising the 7th degree by a half step (semitone). That 7th degree becomes a leading-tone instead of a subtonic. It has a rather exotic sound, created by the gap between the 6th and 7th degrees. As its name implies, this scale works especially well for harmonies.
E Melodic Minor Scale
notes: E F♯ G A B C♯ D♯
ⓘ↓ about melodic minor scale
The melodic minor is at times used with different notes up versus down the scale, but it can be played with the same notes up and down. It's created by raising both the 6th and 7th degrees by a half step. The alternative way of coming down the scale is using the natural minor scale down. Here the example uses the same notes up and down the scale.
Minor scale formula
🔧 The minor scales are constructed using these note patterns:
- Natural Minor: W-H-W-W-H-W-W
- Harmonic Minor: W-H-W-W-H-A2-H
- Melodic Minor: W-H-W-W-W-W-H
W = Whole step H = Half step A2 = Whole step + half step
go to a different major or minor scale:
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