F Minor Guitar Scale - Left Handed Pattern Diagrams

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

These notes are as follows

F - G - Ab - Bb - C - Db - Eb

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

The F 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 F 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 F 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 F 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 F tones. The numbers on each circle indicate which finger should play the note. The patterns are as follows

Left Handed Pattern 1

Left Handed F Minor Scale 12th Position

Left Handed Pattern 2

Left Handed F Minor Scale 3rd Position

Left Handed Pattern 3

Left Handed F Minor Scale 5th Position

Left Handed Pattern 4

Left Handed F Minor Scale 7th Position

Left Handed Pattern 5

Left Handed F Minor Scale 9th Postion

Related Chords for the F Minor Scale

Knowing the F 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 F Minor later. The F Minor Scale has the following related chords.

Degree Chord Type Scale Note Tonic Chord Tonic 7th Chord
1 m F Fm Fm7
2 dim G Gdim Gm7b5
3 maj Ab Ab Abmaj7
4 m Bb Bbm Bbm7
5 m C Cm Cm7
6 maj Db Db Dbmaj7
7 maj Eb Eb Eb7

Songs in the Key of F Minor

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

  • Dream On by Aerosmith
  • The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
  • You Could Be Mine by Guns N' Roses
  • Deer Dance by System Of A Down
  • Seasons In The Abyss by Slayer

Related Scales