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E minor
G Major key signature.png
Relative key G major
Parallel key E major
Component pitches
E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E
Also see: E major, or E-flat minor.

E minor (Em, Mim) is a musical minor scale based on the note E, consisting of the pitches E, F, G, A, B, C, and D. The harmonic minor scale contains a D. Its key signature has one sharp, F (see below: Scales and keys).

Its relative major is G major, and its parallel major is E major.

Changes needed for the melodic and harmonic versions of the scale are written in with accidentals as necessary.

Much of the classical acoustic guitar repertoire is in E minor, as this is a very characteristic key for the instrument. With the standard tuning, four of the instrument's six strings open are part of the tonic chord. The key is also extremely popular in heavy metal music, as it allows extended use of the lowest note on a standard-tuned guitar, E.

E minor was one of the most-often used keys by Felix Mendelssohn.

Well-known classical compositions in this key

See also: list of symphonies in E minor

Scales and keys

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Simple English

E minor
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Relative keyG major
Parallel keyE major
Notes in this scale
E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E
Also see: E major, or E-flat minor.

E minor (Em, Mim) is a minor scale based on the note E. Its key signature has one sharp, F Its relative major is G major.

A lot of classical guitar music is in E minor, because this key is very suited for the instrument. When it is tuned normally, four of the instrument's six strings are part of the tonic chord. The key is also very popular in heavy metal music, because the lowest note on a guitar, E, can be used a lot.

E minor was one of the most-often used keys by Felix Mendelssohn.

Famous classical music in this key

See also: List of symphonies in E minor

Scales and keys


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