Discover the E Flat Major Scale

The E flat major scale adds yet another flat giving us B, E and A flatted in this scale. We are still moving in the circle of 4ths with the scales.

The only open strings for this scale are the 4th string D is the major 7th and the 3rd string g is the major 3rd. This isn’t a good key for acoustic guitars in the standard tuning where you want to have long ringing notes.

This scale is made from two tetrachords from the A flat and B flat scales.

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Because the E flat major scale is made from A flat and B flat major scales you will see the same notes and chords in the E flat, A Flat and B flat major scales.

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The first four notes of this scale came from the key of A♭. The last four notes of the E♭ scale come from the key of B♭.

E Flat Tetra-Chords

A tetra-chord is four adjacent notes that make up half a major scale. Every major scale has two of tetra-chords.

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


1st Tetrachord


2nd Tetrachord


E Flat Major Scale Number System

Major scales have numbers that go with the notes for easy identification. This is an easy way to communicate notes and chords that will work for any major or minor key.

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

If you want to learn about the modes of the major scale go here.

E Flat Major Notation and Tablature

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E Flat Major Chord Diagrams

E Flat Major Key signature

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

There can be other flats ands sharps. They will be marked next to the notes on the staff but the B, E and A won’t be so you have to remember them.

The flat keys spell words as you cycle through the 4ths starting with B then BE then BEA and so on.

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Key Signature

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B♭, E♭, A♭