The F Sharp Natural Minor Scale Theory

There are three variations of the minor scale: the natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor. For this post, we will focus on the F Sharp Natural Minor Scale, but you can explore the F Sharp Harmonic Minor and F Sharp Melodic Minor in our other articles.

HOW TO CREATE THE F SHARP NATURAL MINOR SCALE

The scale with F Sharp Minor is composed of seven notes, namely F#, G#, A, B, C#, D and E. The F# Minor scale typically begins and ends on the note F#, and it can be repeated at different octaves. This scale belongs to the key of F# Minor, which is a diatonic scale.

All Natural Minor scales have a specific sequence of tones and semitones, which are also known as steps and half steps. The tone pattern for this scale is: Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone, Semitone, Tone, Tone. To obtain the C Natural Minor Scale, you can start on the note C and follow the tone/semitone pattern. Similarly, to create the F# Natural Minor scale, you can follow the same pattern starting on the note F#. Regardless of the starting note, this pattern will always result in a minor scale beginning on that note.

F SHARP NATURAL MINOR SCALE ON THE PIANO

As you can see, if we were to play this scale on the piano diagram we only use the white keys.

To play this scale on the piano use the fingers written below.

F SHARP NATURAL MINOR SCALE ON THE GUITAR

You can use the tab below to play the F# Natural Minor scale on the guitar

DEGREES OF THE SCALE

Within the F# Minor scale, each note has a specific position, which is referred to as the degree of the scale. The initial note of the scale is known as the ‘tonic’ note.

KEY SIGNATURE FOR F SHARP MINOR

Instead of notating sharp signs on each individual note, we can utilize the key signature. F# Minor is considered the relative minor of A Major. This relationship is determined by the fact that F# is the sixth note in the A Major scale. As a result, both F# Minor and A Major share the same key signature, which consists of three sharps: F#, G#, and C#.

F SHARP MINOR SCALE IN DIFFERENT CLEFS

Treble Clef

Below is the F# Natural Minor Scale written out in the treble clef, both ascending and descending.

Bass Clef

Below is the F# Natural Minor Scale written out in the bass clef, both ascending and descending.

Alto Clef

Below is the E# Natural Minor Scale written out in the alto clef, both ascending and descending.

Tenor Clef

Below is the F# Natural Minor Scale written out in the tenor clef, both ascending and descending.

When we say that a musical composition is in the key of F# Minor, it implies several things.

• The key signature will have three sharps, namely F#, C#, and G#. This is due to the fact that the relative major of F# Minor is A Major.
• The root note or tonic of the piece will be F#. This note will provide a sense of stability throughout the composition.
• Most of the notes used in the piece will be from the F# Minor scale, regardless of their octave.
• The chords used in the composition will be those that belong to the F# Minor scale.

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