A Sharp Minor Guitar Scale - Left Handed Pattern Diagrams

Just like the A Sharp Major scale, the A Sharp Minor scales consists of seven notes.

These notes are as follows

A# - B# - C# - D# - E# - F# - G#

If you are unfamiliar with the Major scale, I suggest you get comfortable with that first before moving onto the Minor Scale.

The A Sharp Minor scale is a diatonic scale, which simply means as you work through the scale you do so in one of two steps.

The two steps are

  • Whole Step (W)
  • Half Step (H)

The A Sharp Minor step intervals are

Whole - Half - Whole - Whole - Half - Whole - Whole

Or to simplify

W - H - W - W - H - W - W

The 5 Patterns of the A Sharp Minor Scale - Left Handed

A pattern is a set of notes that are played one after the other. There are five different patterns that can be played in A Sharp Minor, each of which are inter-connected across the fretboard.

The notes of the scale are displayed on the fretboard by the light grey circles, with the darker blue circles highlighting the root notes. The root notes are always A Sharp tones. The numbers on each circle indicate which finger should play the note. The patterns are as follows

Left Handed Pattern 1

Left Handed A Sharp Minor Scale 5th Position

Left Handed Pattern 2

Left Handed A Sharp Minor Scale 8th Position

Left Handed Pattern 3

Left Handed A Sharp Minor Scale 10th Position

Left Handed Pattern 4

Left Handed A Sharp Minor Scale 12th Position

Left Handed Pattern 5

Left Handed A Sharp Minor Scale 2nd Postion

Related Chords for the A Sharp Minor Scale

Knowing the A Sharp Minor Scale is great, but what is ever better is to know which chords work well with this scale. This can be determined using the degree of the scale.

Knowing which chords work well with a particular scale allows you to enhance your improvisation and ultimately build songs, we'll even highlight some popular songs which are in the key of A Sharp Minor later. The A Sharp Minor Scale has the following related chords.

Degree Chord Type Scale Note Tonic Chord Tonic 7th Chord
1 m A# A#m A#m7
2 dim B# B#dim B#m7b5
3 maj C# C# C#maj7
4 m D# D#m D#m7
5 m E# E#m E#m7
6 maj F# F# F#maj7
7 maj G# G# G#7

Songs in the Key of A Sharp Minor

Some of the most popular and recognisable songs are in the key of A Sharp Minor. Let's check some out.

  • I'm Still Standing by Elton John
  • Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
  • Let's Dance by David Bowie
  • Even Flow by Pearl Jam
  • Longview by Green Day

Related Scales