Saxophone Minor Scales: Full Range Note-by-note Fingering Charts

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Saxophone Minor Scales: Full Range Note-by-note Fingering Charts

In this guide I want to discuss minor scales for the saxophone.

If you were looking for the minor pentatonic scales, here is the saxophone minor pentatonic scales guide. And if you were looking for the major pentatonic scales instead, here is the saxophone major pentatonic scales guide.

There are both major and minor scales. If you were looking for just major scales, here is the saxophone major scales guide.

As with all other guides in these series, we will focus in playing the scales on saxophone, specifically, how to finger all 12 minor scales on the saxophone.

Let’s dive right in.

All Minor Scales on the Saxophone

Relatives scales are scale that a common set of notes.

Every major scale has a relative minor scale. They have the same exact set of notes except their root is different.

Major ScaleRelative Minor Scale
D MajorB Minor
D-sharp / E-flat MajorC Minor
E MajorC-sharp Minor
F MajorD Minor
F-sharp MajorD-sharp Minor
G MajorE Minor
G-sharp / A-flat MajorF Minor
A MajorF-sharp Minor
A-sharp / B-flat MajorG Minor
B MajorG-sharp Minor
C MajorA Minor
C-sharp MajorA-sharp Minor

The main reason you need to know the relationship between the major scale and the minor scale is it makes memorizing a lot of essential things in music easier. You only have to memorize 12 scales to know all 24 keys used in music.

They are the same set of notes with the the same key signature.

You’ll see that many songs bounce back between the major key and its relative minor or vice versa.

How to Find the Relative Minor from a Major Scale

The root of the relative minor scale is always the sixth note of the major scale. This works for all major scales.

What that means is to get the minor, we are not altering a single note, all we are going to do is start the scale on a different note. The 6th note.

How to Find the Relative Major from a Minor Scale

The root of the relative major scale is always the third note of the minor scale. Again, this works for all minor scales.

Here is a list of all minor scales and their fingerings on saxophone:

  1. B Minor Scale
  2. C Minor Scale
  3. C-sharp Minor Scale
  4. D Minor Scale
  5. D-sharp Minor Scale
  6. E Minor Scale
  7. F Minor Scale
  8. F-sharp Minor Scale
  9. G Minor Scale
  10. G-sharp Minor Scale
  11. A Minor Scale
  12. A-sharp Minor Scale

Let’s get started.

The B Minor Scale

The relative major of B minor is D major. This scale has two sharps—F-sharp and C-sharp. The notes of B minor are:

  1. Low B
  2. Low C-sharp
  3. Low D
  4. E
  5. F-sharp
  6. G
  7. A
  8. B

Here are the fingering charts of the B minor scale:

Note i — Low B

The B minor scale, Low B fingeringchart

Note ii — Low C-sharp

The B minor scale, Low C-sharp fingeringchart

Note iii — Low D

The B minor scale, Low D fingeringchart

Note iv — Low E

The B minor scale, E fingeringchart

Note v — F-sharp

There are two fingerings for F-sharp, the main (most common) fingering and the F-sharp side key alternate fingering.

The B minor scale, f-sharp fingeringchart The B minor scale, Alternate F-sharp fingeringchart

Note vi — G

The B minor scale, G fingeringchart

Note vii — A

The B minor scale, A fingeringchart

Note i — B

The fingering for this note is similar with the Low B but with the octave key. It is an octave above Low B.

The B minor scale, B fingeringchart

The C Minor Scale

The relative major of C minor is E-flat major. This scale has three flats—E-flat, A-flat and D-flat. The notes of C minor are:

  1. C
  2. D
  3. E-flat
  4. F
  5. G
  6. A-flat
  7. B-flat
  8. C

Here are the fingering charts of the B minor scale:

Note i — Low C

The C minor scale, Low C fingeringchart

Note ii — Low D

The C minor scale, Low D fingeringchart

Note iii — E-flat

The C minor scale, E-flat fingeringchart

Note iv — F

The C minor scale, F fingeringchart

Note v — G

The C minor scale, G fingeringchart

Note vi — A-flat

The enharmonic equivalent for A-flat is G-sharp, so the fingerings are similar.

The C minor scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart

The above fingering is the main one, but there are three alternate fingerings using different table keys as follows:

The C minor scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart The C minor scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart The C minor scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart

Note vii — B-flat

B-flat has a lot of options. There are three main fingerings:

The C minor scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart The C minor scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart The C minor scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart

And then, there are two alternate fingerings:

The C minor scale, B-flat fingeringchart The C minor scale, B-flat fingeringchart

Note i — C

The C minor scale, C fingeringchart

And there is one alternate fingering:

The C minor scale, C fingeringchart

The C-sharp Minor Scale

The relative major of C-sharp minor is E major. This scale has four sharp; F-sharp, G-sharp, C-sharp and D-sharp.

Here are the notes of the C-sharp minor scale:

  1. Low C-sharp
  2. D-sharp
  3. E
  4. F-sharp
  5. G-sharp
  6. A
  7. B
  8. C-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the C-sharp minor scale:

Note i — Low C-sharp

The Low C-sharp scale, Low C-sharp fingeringchart

Note ii — D-sharp

The Low C-sharp scale, Low C-sharp fingeringchart

Note iii — E

The E major scale, E with octave fingeringchart

Note iv — F-sharp

F-sharp has one main fingering:

The E major scale, F-sharp fingeringchart

And one alternate fingering:

The E major scale, F-sharp fingeringchart

Note v — G-sharp

G-sharp has one main fingering:

The E major scale, G-sharp fingeringchart

And three alternate fingerings:

The E major scale, G-sharp alternate fingeringchart The E major scale, G-sharp alternate fingeringchart The E major scale, G-sharp alternate fingeringchart

So you have a lot of options with the table keys here.

Note vi — A

The E major scale, A fingeringchart

Note vii — B

The E major scale, B fingeringchart

Note i — C-sharp

The E major scale, C-sharp fingeringchart

The D Minor Scale

The relative major of D minor is F major. This scale has one flat: B-flat.

Here are the notes of the D minor scale:

  1. Low D
  2. E
  3. F
  4. G
  5. A
  6. B-flat
  7. C
  8. D

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor scale:

Note i — Low D

The D minor scale, Low D fingeringchart

Note ii — E

The D minor scale, E fingeringchart

Note iii — F

The D minor scale, F fingeringchart

Note iv — G

The D minor scale, G fingeringchart

Note v — A

The D minor scale, A fingeringchart

Note vi — B-flat

The main fingerings:

The D minor scale, B-flat fingeringchart The D minor scale, B-flat fingeringchart The D minor scale, B-flat fingeringchart

And the fingerings:

The D minor scale, B-flat alternate fingeringchart The D minor scale, B-flat alternate fingeringchart

Note vii — C

The main fingering:

The D minor scale, C fingeringchart

The alternate fingering:

The D minor scale, C fingeringchart

Note i — D

The D minor scale, D with octave key fingeringchart

The D-sharp Minor Scale

The relative major of D-sharp minor is F-sharp major. The F sharp major scale contains 6 sharps: F-sharp, G-sharp, A-sharp, C-sharp, D-sharp, and E-sharp.

Here are the notes of the D-sharp minor scale:

  1. D-sharp
  2. E-sharp
  3. F-sharp
  4. G-sharp
  5. A-sharp
  6. B
  7. C-sharp
  8. D-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor scale:

Note i — D-sharp / E-flat

The D-sharp minor scale, D-sharp, E-flat fingeringchart

Note ii — E-sharp

The D-sharp minor scale, E-sharp fingeringchart

Note iii — F-sharp

The D-sharp minor scale, F-sharp fingeringchart The D-sharp minor scale, F-sharp alternate fingeringchart

Note iv — G-sharp

The D-sharp minor scale, G-sharp fingeringchart The D-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate 1 fingeringchart The D-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate 2 fingeringchart The D-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate 3 fingeringchart

Note v — A-sharp

The D-sharp minor scale, A-sharp fingering 1chart The D-sharp minor scale, A-sharp fingering 2chart The D-sharp minor scale, A-sharp fingering 3chart The D-sharp minor scale, A-sharp alternate 1 fingeringchart The D-sharp minor scale, A-sharp alternate 2 fingeringchart

Note vi — B

The D-sharp minor scale, B fingeringchart

Note vii — C-sharp

The D-sharp minor scale, C-sharp fingeringchart

Note i — D-sharp

The D-sharp minor scale, D-sharp with octave key fingeringchart

The E Minor Scale

The relative major of E minor is G major. This scale has one sharp: F-sharp.

Here are the notes of the D-sharp minor scale:

  1. E
  2. F-sharp
  3. G
  4. A
  5. B
  6. C
  7. D
  8. E

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor scale:

Note i — E

The E Minor scale, E fingeringchart

Note ii — F-sharp

The E Minor scale, F-sharp fingeringchart

And one alternate fingering.

The E Minor scale, F-sharp alternate fingeringchart

Note iii — G

The E Minor scale, G fingeringchart

Note iv — A

The E Minor scale, A fingeringchart

Note v — B

The E Minor scale, B fingeringchart

Note vi — C

The E Minor scale, C fingeringchart The E Minor scale, C alternate fingeringchart

Note vii — D

The E Minor scale, D fingeringchart

Note i — E

The E Minor scale, E with octave fingeringchart

The F Minor Scale

The relative major of F minor is A-flat major. This scale has four flats: A-flat, B-flat, D-flat, E-flat.

Here are the notes of the F minor scale:

  1. F
  2. G
  3. A-flat
  4. B-flat
  5. C
  6. D-flat
  7. E-flat
  8. F

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor scale:

Note i — F

The F minor scale, F fingeringchart

Note ii — G

The F minor scale, G fingeringchart

Note iii — A-flat

The F minor scale, A-flat fingeringchart The F minor scale, A-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart The F minor scale, A-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart The F minor scale, A-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart

Note iv — B-flat

The F minor scale, fingeringchart The F minor scale, fingeringchart The F minor scale, fingeringchart The F minor scale, fingeringchart The F minor scale, fingeringchart

Note v — C

The F minor scale, C fingeringchart The F minor scale, C alternate fingeringchart

Note vi — D-flat

The F minor scale, D-flat fingeringchart

Note vii — E-flat

The F minor scale, E-flat fingeringchart

Note i — F

The F minor scale, F fingeringchart

The F-sharp Minor Scale

The relative major of F-sharp minor is A major. This scale has three sharps: C-sharp, F-sharp and G-sharp.

Here are the notes of the F-sharp minor scale:

  1. F-sharp
  2. G-sharp
  3. A
  4. B
  5. C-sharp
  6. D
  7. E
  8. F-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor scale:

Note i — F-sharp

The F-sharp minor scale, F-sharp fingeringchart

And there is one alternate fingering:

The F-sharp minor scale, F-sharp alternate fingeringchart

Note ii — G-sharp

The F-sharp minor scale, G-sharp fingeringchart

And there are three alternate fingerings:

The F-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate 1 fingeringchart The F-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate 2 fingeringchart The F-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate 3 fingeringchart

Note iii — A

The F-sharp minor scale, A fingeringchart

Note iv — B

The F-sharp minor scale, B fingeringchart

Note v — C-sharp

The F-sharp minor scale, C-sharp fingeringchart

Note vi — D

The F-sharp minor scale, D fingeringchart

Note vii — E

The F-sharp minor scale, E fingeringchart

Note i — F-sharp

The F-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart The F-sharp minor scale, F-sharp fingeringchart

The G Minor Scale

The relative major of G minor is B-flat major. This scale has two flats: B-flat and E-flat.

Here are the notes of the G minor scale:

  1. G
  2. A
  3. B-flat
  4. C
  5. D
  6. E-flat
  7. F
  8. G

Here are the fingering charts of the G minor scale:

Note i — G

The G minor scale, G fingeringchart

Note ii — A

The G minor scale, A fingeringchart

Note iii — B-flat

The G minor scale, B-flat fingering 1chart The G minor scale, B-flat fingering 2chart The G minor scale, B-flat fingering 3chart The G minor scale, B-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart The G minor scale, B-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart

Note iv — C

The G minor scale, C fingeringchart The G minor scale, C alternate fingeringchart

Note v — D

The G minor scale, D fingeringchart

Note vi — E-flat

The G minor scale, E-flat fingeringchart

Note vii — F

The G minor scale, F fingeringchart

Note i — G

The G minor scale, G with octave key fingeringchart

The G-sharp Minor Scale

The relative major of G-sharp minor is B major. This scale has five sharps: G-sharp, A-sharp, C-sharp, D-sharp and F-sharp.

Here are the notes of the G-sharp minor scale:

  1. G-sharp
  2. A-sharp
  3. B
  4. C-sharp
  5. D-sharp
  6. E
  7. F-sharp
  8. G-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the G-sharp minor scale:

Note i — G-sharp

The G-sharp minor scale, G-sharp fingeringchart

And there are three alternate fingerings:

The G-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate 1 fingeringchart The G-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate 2 fingeringchart The G-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate 3 fingeringchart

Note ii — A-sharp / B-flat

The G-sharp minor scale, fingering chart1 The G-sharp minor scale, fingering chart2 The G-sharp minor scale, fingering chart3 The G-sharp minor scale, alternate fingering chart1 The G-sharp minor scale, alternate fingering chart2

Note iii — B

The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart

Note iv — C-sharp

The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart

Note v — D-sharp

The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart

Note vi — E

The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart

Note vii — F-sharp

The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart

Note i — G-sharp

The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart The G-sharp minor scale, fingeringchart

The A Minor Scale

The relative major of A minor is C major. This scale has no flat or sharp.

Here are the notes of the A minor scale:

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. A

Here are the fingering charts of the A minor scale:

Note i — A

The A minor scale, A fingeringchart

Note ii — B

The A minor scale, B fingeringchart

Note iii — C

The A minor scale, C fingeringchart The A minor scale, C alternate fingeringchart

Note iv — D

The A minor scale, D fingeringchart

Note v — E

The A minor scale, E fingeringchart

Note vi — F

The A minor scale, F fingeringchart

Note vii — G

The A minor scale, G fingeringchart

Note i — A

The A minor scale, A with octave fingeringchart

The A-sharp Minor Scale

The relative major of A-sharp minor is C-sharp major. All the notes in this scale are sharps.

Here are the notes of the A-sharp minor scale:

  1. A-sharp
  2. B-sharp
  3. C-sharp
  4. D-sharp
  5. E-sharp
  6. F-sharp
  7. G-sharp
  8. A-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the A-sharp minor scale:

Note i — A-sharp / B-flat

The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp fingering chart2 The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp fingering chart3 The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp alternate fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp alternate fingering chart2

Note ii — B-sharp

The A-sharp minor scale, B-sharp fingeringchart

And the alternate fingering is:

The A-sharp minor scale, B-sharp alternate fingeringchart

Note iii — C-sharp

The A-sharp minor scale, C-sharp fingeringchart

Note iv — D-sharp

The A-sharp minor scale, D-sharp fingeringchart

Note v — E-sharp

The A-sharp minor scale, E-sharp fingeringchart

Note vi — F-sharp

The A-sharp minor scale, F-sharp fingeringchart The A-sharp minor scale, F-sharp alternate fingeringchart

Note vii — G-sharp

The A-sharp minor scale, G-sharp fingeringchart The A-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate fingering chart2 The A-sharp minor scale, G-sharp alternate fingering chart3

Note i — A-sharp

The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp fingering chart2 The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp fingering chart3 The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp alternate fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor scale, A-sharp alternate fingering chart2

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