E minor

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E minor
Relative key G major
Parallel key E major
Dominant key B minor
Subdominant A minor
Component pitches
E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E
E natural minor scale ascending and descending. About this sound Play 
E harmonic minor scale ascending and descending. About this sound Play 
E melodic minor scale ascending and descending. About this sound Play 

E minor is a minor scale consisting of the pitches E, F, G, A, B, C, and D. Its key signature has one sharp. The E harmonic minor raises the note D to D.

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

Much of the classical guitar repertoire is in E minor, as this is a very natural key for the instrument. In standard tuning (E A D G B E), four of the instrument's six open (unfretted) strings are part of the tonic chord. The key of E minor is also popular in heavy metal music, as its tonic is the lowest note on a standard-tuned guitar.[citation needed]

Notable classical compositions in this key[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Media related to E minor at Wikimedia Commons