Discover the B Flat Major Scale

The B flat major scale adds one more flat giving us a B and an E flat in this scale. We are moving in the circle of 4ths with the scales.

This is a popular key for songs that have horns like a saxophone in them. It has something to do with their tuning.

This scale is made from two tetrachords from the E flat and F scale.

Check out the major scales page for info on the tetrachord.

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You will see the same notes and chords in the F, B♭ and C scales because they are related.

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B Flat Scale

The first four notes(tetrachord) of this scale came from the key of E♭. The last four notes of the B♭ scale come from the key of F.

A tetra-chord is a four note group of notes that make up one half of a major scale. Major scales each have two of these.

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The first B flat tetra-chord comes from the last tetra-chord in the E flat scale and the second one comes from the first tetrachord in the F major scale.


1st Tetrachord


2nd Tetrachord


B Flat Major Scale Numbers

The major scales have numbers that go with the notes to help you keep track of them. It’s also a way of referring to notes and chords so it will apply to any major scale.

Usually this is used to refer to the chords but it is also our way of building our chords from scales. Chords are usually written in Roman numerals, upper case for major chords and lower case for minor chords.

B Flat Major Scale Notation and Tablature

B Flat Major Chords

B Flat Major Chord Diagrams

B Flat Major Key signature

This is how the first bar in sheet music will look if you are in the key of B♭. The flat symbol circles the B line and the E space in the staff.

You will have other flats or sharps in it. They will be marked in the music itself but the B’s and E’s won’t be so you have to remember them.

Major Key


Key Signature

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B♭, E♭


Reading Music Notes

Here is a link on how to read music notes on staff.

Reading Music Notes