C Sharp Minor Scale

Knowing how to play scales and the associated harmony develops you as a player and provides critical insight into the musical keys and their functioning.

In this article on the C Sharp Minor scale, we’ll cover theory, intervals, notes, chords, relative & parallel minors, patterns on the fretboard, how to play each pattern, etc., of the C Sharp natural minor scale. You will know how to play and practice the scale on the guitar.

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Introduction To C Sharp Natural Minor scale

Ernst Pauer describes the key of C# Natural minor as “undoubtedly the most intensely melancholy key.” Initially, the key was used less for classical compositions, but after Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight Sonata), it was used more often in the Piano works.

The main characteristics often associated with the C Sharp natural minor key are “Despair, Wailing, Weeping,” or “A passionate expression of sorrow and deep grief.” and “An intimate conversation with God about recognition of wrongdoing and atonement.”

The list of symphonies in the C Sharp natural minor key is attached here.

C Sharp Minor Scale Notes

The notes of any natural minor scale are given by the formula {W H W W H W W}. Using C# as the first note:

  • 1st Note – Root – C#
  • 2nd Note – M2 –D#
  • 3rd Note – m3 – E
  • 4th Note – P4 – F#
  • 5th Note – P5 – G#
  • 6th Note – m6 – A
  • 7th Note – m7 – B

The notes of the C# Minor scale are {C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B, C#(O)}, where C#(O) is the C# note one octave higher than the root.

From the above notes, you can see that the key signature of the C Sharp minor scale has four sharps. Playing it on a piano keyboard requires three white and four black keys (five, including the octave key). The diagram of the piano keyboard is shown below.

C Sharp Minor Scale on Piano Keyboard

The notes of the C Sharp harmonic minor scale are C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B#, and C#(O).

The notes of the C Sharp melodic minor scale (ascending) are C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B#, C#(O).

Scale Degrees

Intervals Root M2 m3 P4 P5 m6/M6m7/M7P8
Scale Degrees12345671(8)
Natural MinorC#D#EF#G#ABC#(O)
Harmonic MinorC#D#EF#G#AB#C#(O)
Melodic MinorC#D#EF#G#A#B#C#(O)

C Sharp Minor Scale On The Treble And Bass Clef:

Treble Clef:

C Sharp Minor Scale on Treble Clef

Bass Clef:

C Sharp Minor Scale on Bass Clef

C Sharp Minor Scale Guitar Positions

Linked CAGED Patterns.

The C# Flat Minor scale exists in a straight line on the B string from the 2nd to 14th fret.

C Sharp Minor Scale Up to 14 Fret 01

Five CAGED Patterns

C Sharp Major Scale Patterns

Guitar Tabs For The CAGED Patterns

E Shaped Scale Pattern

C Sharp Minor - E Shape

D Shaped Pattern

C Sharp Minor - D Shape

C Shaped Pattern

C Sharp Minor - C Shape

A Shaped Pattern

C Sharp Minor - A Shape

G Shaped Pattern

C Sharp Minor - G Shape

Fingering Arrangement For Scale Patterns

ShapeIndex FingerMiddle FingerRing FingerLittle Finger
EFret 11Fret 12Fret 13Fret 14
DString [3 4] - Fret 1, String [1 2 5 6] - Fret 2String [3 4] - Fret 2, String [1 2 5 6] - Fret 3String [3 4] - Fret 3, String [1 2 5 6] - Fret 4String [3 4] - Fret 4, String [1 2 5 6] - Fret 5
CFret 4Fret 5Fret 6Fret 7
AString [3 4 5] - Fret 6, [1 2 6] - Fret 7String [3 4 5] - Fret 7, String [1 2 6] - Fret 8String [3 4 5] - Fret 8, String [1 2 6] - Fret 9String [3 4 5] - Fret 9, String [1 2 6] - Fret 10
GString 3 - Fret 8, String [1 2 4 5 6] - Fret 9 String 3 - Fret 9, String [1 2 4 5 6] - Fret 10 String 3 - Fret 10, String [1 2 4 5 6] - Fret 11String 3 - Fret 11, String [1 2 4 5 6] - Fret 12

The Chords Of The C Sharp Minor Key

Scale Degrees1234567
Chord DesignationiiidimIIIivvVIVII
Chord NamesC#mD#dimEF#mG#mAB
Chord QualityminordiminishedMajorminorminorMajorMajor

The following triad chords result from the C Sharp minor scale.

  1. Three Major chords – III, VI, and VII – E major, A major, and B major.
  2. Three minor chords – i, iv, and v – C#m, F#m, and G#m.
  3. One diminished chord, the ii°, D#dim.
  4. Dominant Chord – G# major formed from the 5th scale degree of the C# Harmonic Minor scale, which has a raised 7th note from the natural minor scale.

Note Names In These Triad Chords.

Scale DegreesIntervalsChord NotesChord Name
1R – C# – m3 – E – M3 – G#C# – E – G#C#m
2R – D# – m3 – F# – m3 – AD# – F# – AD#dim
3R – E – M3 – G# – m3 – BE – G# – BE
4R – F# – m3 – A – M3 – C#F# – A – C#F#m
5R – G# – m3 – B – M3 – D#G# – B – D#G#m
6R – A – M3 – C# – m3 – EA – C# – EA
7R – B – M3 – D# – m3 – F#B – D# – F#B

7th Chords Of A Sharp Minor Scale

Scale DegreesChord NameRoman N DesignationChord Notes
1C#m7im7C# - E - G# - B
2D#m7b5iiø7D# - F# - A - C#
3EMaj7IIIM7E - G# - B - D#
4F#m7ivm7F# - A - C# - E
5G#m7vm7G# – B – D# - F#
6AMaj7VIM7A – C# – E - G#
7B7VII7B – D# – F# - A

Relative & Parallel Minor Of C Sharp Minor

Relative Major Key: E Major Scale {E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, and D#}. Relative major and minor scales have the same notes.

Parallel scale: C Sharp Major Scale {C#, D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, and B#}. It has seven sharps.

Enharmonic equivalent: D Flat Minor with notes {Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bbb, and Cb}. Its key signature has six flats and one double flat.

Songs In The Key Of C Sharp Minor

Some of the popular songs in the key of C Sharp Minor Scale are:

  1. “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna.
  2. “Painkiller” by Judas Priest.
  3. “All That She Wants” by Ace of Base.
  4. “All My Loving” by The Beatles.
  5. “Shape of You,” by Ed Sheeran.
  6. “Whenever, Wherever” by Shakira.
  7. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton.
  8. “Mechanix” by Megadeth.
  9. “Ride the Lightning” by Metallica.
  10. “Addicted to You” by Avicii.
  11. “In My Place” by Coldplay.
  12. “Talking to the Moon” by Bruno Mars.

The Modes of the C Sharp Minor Scale

The 7 diatonic modes of the C Sharp Minor Scale are:

  1. C Sharp – Aeolian Mode.
  2. D Sharp – Locrian Mode.
  3. E – Ionian Mode.
  4. F Sharp – Dorian Mode.
  5. G Sharp – Phrygian Mode.
  6. A – Lydian Mode.
  7. B – Mixolydian Mode.


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