E minor scale

Key signature of E minor scale

The key signature of E minor scale has only one sharp (1♯) because its relative major key is G Major scale.

key signature 1 sharp

Four different kinds of E minor scale

There are four different kinds of minor scales and here are all E minor scales:

- E natural minor scale
- E harmonic minor scale
- E ascending melodic minor scale
- E descending melodic minor scale

Here are all E minor scales:

E natural minor scale


The note names of E natural minor scale are : E F♯ G A B C D

E natural minor scale

E harmonic minor scale


The note names of E harmonic minor scale are : E F♯ G A B C D♯

E harmonic minor scale

E ascending melodic minor scale


The note names of E ascending melodic minor scale are : E F♯ G A B C♯ D♯

E ascending melodic minor scale

E descending melodic minor scale


The note names of E descending melodic minor scale are : E D C B A G F♯

E descending melodic minor scale

Closely related keys of E minor

Closely related keys of E minor are:

- A minor
- B minor
- C Major
- G Major
- E Major

Relative major key of E minor

The relative major key of E minor is G Major and below if the G Major scale:

G major scale

Leading Tone of E minor

The leading Tone of E minor is D sharp, because D sharp is the degree VII and is distant to a seventh major of the tonic, or an half step united states of america (semitone united kingdom) lower than the tonic).

E minor on the circle of fifths

You can find E minor on the circle of fifths and its key signature, relative major key and closely related keys :
circle of fifths

Famous works E minor

Here are some works by famous composers composed in E minor:

Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms

The first movement Allegro non troppo from Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms is composed in E minor:

Sonate in E minor opus 38 Johannes Brahms

This royalty-free extract was recorded by Wendy Warner on cello and Eileen Buck on piano (source, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license).

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How much sharps in E minor?

1♯ 2♯ 3♯ 4♯

What is the relative major of E minor?

E major F major G major A major

What is the dominant note in E minor?

A B C D E F G

What is the leading tone of E minor harmonic scale?

A♯ B♯ C♯ D♯ E♯ F♯ G♯

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