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The Key Of F# Minor For Guitar

The Key of F Sharp Minor for Guitar

The key of F# minor contains the notes: F# – G# – A – B – C# – D – E

Notes in the Key of F# Minor (F# – G# – A – B – C# – D – E)

When assembled in order the notes form the key of F# natural minor. For a quick breakdown of the key differences between the natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales click here.

If you would like to understand the difference between major and minor scales, click here.

F# Minor or Dd Minor?

Both the keys of F# minor and Gb minor are valid. Their usage depends on the context and preferences of the musician.

F# minor is more common when you’re considering key signatures because it has fewer accidentals (sharps or flats) than Gb minor. F# minor has three sharps in its key signature (F#, C#, and G#), while Gb minor has six flats (Gb, Ab, Bb, Db, Eb, and Fb), making it a less practical key signature to work with.

However, Gb minor may be preferred in some circumstances e.g. where it fits the tonal or harmonic structure of a piece of music better or when transposing from a related major key, such as Db major. In these cases, using Gb minor can make the notation and chord progressions more straightforward.

So, while F# minor is more commonly encountered due to its simpler key signature, Gb minor has its place.

The F# Minor Scale Step Pattern

f sharp minor step pattern

The F minor scale (like all minor scales) follows the step pattern of:
wholehalfwholewholehalfwhole, whole

The F# Minor Scale For Guitar

The F# Minor Scale For Guitar

The F# minor scale (like all minor scales) follows the step pattern of:
whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole, whole

Keep in mind, that scales can be played in many different ways.

Chords In The Key Of F# Minor

All chords within a minor key such as F# minor follow a pattern of:

* capitals denote major chords, lower case denotes minor chords
F Sharp Minor Chord (F#min)
G Sharp Diminished Chord (G#dim)
A Major Chord (Amaj)
B Minor Chord (Bmin)
C Sharp Minor Chord (C#min)
D Major Ch ord (Dmaj)
E Major Chord (Emaj)
F# minorF#, A, C#
g# diminishedG#, B, D
A MajorA, C#, E
b minorB, D, F#
c# minorC#, E, G#
D MajorD, F#, A
E MajorE, G#, B

7th Chords in F# Minor

Seventh chords include the tonic (1st), third, fifth, and seventh scale degrees of a diatonic scale (a seven-note musical scale consisting of whole and half steps), unlike triads which contain just three notes.

The seventh chord quality (such as major, minor, diminished, or augmented.) can vary depending on the type of seventh interval used in the chord. There are several types of seventh chords, each with its unique sound and function in music.

F Sharp Minor 7 Chord (F#min7)
G Sharp Minor 7 Flat 5 Chord (G#min7b5)
A Major 7 Chord (Amaj7)
B Minor 7 Chord (Bmin7)
C Sharp Minor 7 Chord (C#min7)
D Major 7 Chord (Dmaj7)
e dominant 7
F# minor 7F#, A, C#, E
g# diminishedG#, B, D, F#
A Major 7A, C#, E, G#
b minor 7B, D, F#, A
c# minor 7C#, E, G#, B
D Major 7D, F#, A, C#
E Dominant 7 (E7)E, G#, B, D

Chord Function in F# Minor

Chords can be categorized into three main functions: tonic, subdominant, and dominant. Tonic chords (i, VI) provide stability. Subdominant chords (iv, ii) introduce some tension but not as much as dominant chords (v, VII) which create the most tension and typically lead to a resolution.

* capitals denote major chords, lower case denotes minor chords

For example, The i chord (minor tonic) serves as the central point of stability, it’s home base for the key. As it is constructed on the tonic note of the minor scale (e.g., F# in the key of F# minor) returning to it provides resolution.

Alternatively, In the key of F# minor, the dominant chord is c# min which creates a strong pull back to the tonic chord, F# minor, creating a sense of resolution when the chord progression resolves back to the tonic.

Common Chord Progressions In F# Minor

i – VI – VIIf#min – Dmaj – Emaj
i – VII – iv- VIf#min – Emaj – bmin – Dmaj
i – v – VI – VIIf#min – c#min – Dmaj – Emaj
i – III – VII – VIf#min – Amaj – Emaj – Dmaj
i – v – iv – VIIf#min – c#min – bmin – Emaj

Relative Major

The relative major refers to the major key that shares the same key signature as a minor key. In simple terms, they use the same set of notes, but their tonal centers (the tonic) are different e.g. the relative minor starts on the 6th scale degree of the relative major.

In minor keys, the relative major’s tonic note is the 3rd scale degree of the relative minor scale, meaning in the key of F# minor, A Major is the relative major.

The Relative Major Key of F# Minor is A Major


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