Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E minor (Em)iE, G, B
A minor (Am)ivA, C, E
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#

Don't forget to try substituting the b7 note with an actual 7 note, a half-step up, while the Major V chord is being played!

Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E minor (Em)iE, G, B
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#

When soloing over Major "Vchords, substitute the minor scale's "b7" note with the "7" note (a half-step above the "b7", shown in red above), since the "7" note is part of the "V" chord. This turns natural minor scales into harmonic minor scales. 

  • E natural minor scale: E, F#, G, A, B, C, D
  • E harmonic minor scale: E, F#, G, A, B, C, D#
Scale degree1
2b3
4
5b6
b7
E minor scaleE
F#G
A
BC
D


Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played. 


Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E minor (Em)iE, G, B
B minor (Bm)vB, D, F#


Minor "v" chords resolve back to "i" chords, but not nearly as strongly as Major "V" chords.  Listen to Track #4 below.  

Practice strumming along, adding solos, or playing bass lines with the following tracks.  Muscle memory is the ultimate goal!


Scale degree1
2b3
4
5b6
b7
E minor scaleE
F#G
A
BC
D


Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played.  ("Chord Notes" are the notes that make up each chord). 


Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E minoriE, G, B

Track #7: Em-Am-C-B

i-iv-VI-V


Track #5: Em-Am-B

i-iv-V


  • Em i V i 077bpm1:44
  • Em i V i 096bpm1:23
  • Em i V i 120bpm1:06
  • Em i V i 144bpm0:55

Some Key of E minor Chord Progressions(the relative minor key of G Major)

Track #2: Em-D-Bm

i-VII-v


E minor Chord Jam Track: All E minor

Progression in Roman numerals: i 

     See these scales with a Fretboard Toolbox:

  • Use page 9 of any Complete Edition
  • Use pages 3-6 of any Essential Edition

  • Em i 077bpm1:50
  • Em i 096bpm1:28
  • Em i 120bpm1:10
  • Em i 144bpm0:58

  Now see how many of these chord progressions you can play along with when you don't know which track is coming up next! Use the Roman numerals that show up in the audio player as your clues & practice learning those Roman numerals here!  

  This is where you really start going a long ways towards training your ear and building the muscle memory you need to play songs "on the fly"!
 

Scale degree1
2b3
4
5b6
b77
E minor scaleE
F#G
A
BC
DD#


Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E minor (Em)iE, G, B
A minor (Am)ivA, C, E
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#
C Major (C)VIC, E, G


It's amazing how many good sounds happen when you noodle around with (scale) notes from the key a song is in.  Doing this builds lots of muscle and ear memory, which is the whole goal!

Scale degree1
2b3
4
5b6
b77
E minor scaleE
F#G
A
BC
DD#


Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E minor (Em)iE, G, B
B Major (B)VB, D#, F#
C Major (C)VIC, E, G
D Major (D)VIID, F#, A


  This progression has a really cool descending sound.  Note that each measure ends with the tension of the Major V chord. 

Scale degree1
2b3
4
5b6
b77
E minor scaleE
F#G
A
BC
DD#​

  • Em i v i 110bpm1:11
  • Em i VII VI V 144bpm0:56
  • Em i iv V 130bpm1:08
  • Em i iv V 156bpm0:56
  • Em i VII VI V 096bpm1:25
  • Em i VII VI V 120bpm1:08
  • Em i iv V 104bpm1:25
  • Em i V i 144bpm0:55
  • Em i V i 120bpm1:06
  • Em i V i 096bpm1:23
  • Em i VII v 132bpm0:53
  • Em i VII i 104bpm1:18
  • Em i VII i 130bpm1:02
  • Em i VII i 156bpm0:52
  • Em i VII v 088bpm1:21
  • Em i v i 132bpm0:59
  • Em i v i 088bpm1:30
  • Em i 096bpm1:28
  • Em i 120bpm1:10
  • Em i 144bpm0:58
  • Em i iv VI V 132bpm1:02
  • Em i iv VI V 110bpm1:14
  • Em i iv VI V 088bpm1:33
  • Em i iv VI V 070bpm1:57
  • Em i VII VI V 077bpm1:47
  • Em i iv V 083bpm1:47
  • Em i V i 077bpm1:44
  • Em i VII i 083bpm1:38
  • Em i VII v 056bpm2:06
  • Em i v i 070bpm1:53
  • Em i 077bpm1:50

  • Em i iv VI V 070bpm1:57
  • Em i iv VI V 088bpm1:33
  • Em i iv VI V 110bpm1:14
  • Em i iv VI V 132bpm1:02

  • Em i VII VI V 077bpm1:47
  • Em i VII VI V 096bpm1:25
  • Em i VII VI V 120bpm1:08
  • Em i VII VI V 144bpm0:56

Track #4: Em-B-Em

i-V-i


  • Em i VII i 083bpm1:38
  • Em i VII i 104bpm1:18
  • Em i VII i 130bpm1:02
  • Em i VII i 156bpm0:52

  • Em i VII v 056bpm2:06
  • Em i VII v 070bpm1:41
  • Em i VII v 088bpm1:21
  • Em i VII v 110bpm1:07

For these key of E minor tracks, try these scales:
E minor: E, F#,
 G, A, B, C, D (all the notes in white boxes)
E minor pentatonic: EGABD (the underlined notes)










Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played. 

Scale degree1
2b3
4
5b6
b77
E minor scaleE
F#G
A
BC
DD#
Scale degree1
2b3
4
5b6
b7
E minor scaleE
F#G
A
BC
D


Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played. 


Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E minor (Em)iE, G, B
D Major (D)VIID, F#, A


Like minor "v" chords, Major "VII" chords seem to resolve back to "i" chords.  Neither do as strongly as Major "V" chords though.   

Scale degree1
2b3
4
5b6
b7
E minor scaleE
F#G
A
BC
D


Soloing/Bass Lines: Experiment with the notes above throughout the song, but focus on the Chord Notes of each chord being played. 


Chord NameRoman Num.Chord Notes
E minor (Em)iE, G, B
B minor (Bm)vB, D, F#
D Major (D)VIID, F#, A


When you hear the "i" chord, think "home" or "root"!  

All of this page's Tracks on Shuffle!


Track #6: Em-D-C-B

i-VII-VI-V


  • Em i iv V 083bpm1:47
  • Em i iv V 104bpm1:25
  • Em i iv V 130bpm1:08
  • Em i iv V 156bpm0:56

Track #3: Em-D-Em

i-VII-i


  • Em i v i 070bpm1:53
  • Em i v i 088bpm1:30
  • Em i v i 110bpm1:11
  • Em i v i 132bpm0:59

Track #1: Em-Bm-Em

i-v-i