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Scales in the Key of E-Flat

Pianote  /  Key of E-Flat  /  UPDATED Mar 9, 2023

Click on the scale name link for a diagram and explanation of each scale type:

E-Flat Major Scale | E-Flat Natural Minor Scale | E-Flat Harmonic Minor Scale | E-Flat Melodic Minor Sale | E-Flat Major Pentatonic Scale | E-flat Minor Pentatonic Scale | E-Flat Major Blues Scale | E-Flat Minor Blues Scale


E-FLAT MAJOR SCALE

The E-flat major scale contains seven notes and starts and ends on E♭. Major scales are arranged in a specific pattern of whole and half steps: W-W-H-W-W-W-H.

Keyboard diagram of an e flat major scale with keys highlighted in red and labeled.

E-FLAT NATURAL MINOR SCALE

The E-flat natural minor scale follows the key signature of its relative major: G-flat major. In natural minor scales, there are no additional accidentals.

The relative major key of E-flat minor is G-flat major. Therefore, E-flat minor has six flats (B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭, C♭).

Keyboard diagram of an e-flat natural minor scale with keys highlighted in red and labeled.

TIP: To find the relative major key, count up three half-steps from the minor key’s root note.


E-FLAT HARMONIC MINOR SCALE

Harmonic minor scales follow the key signature of the relative major key and raise the seventh note of the scale by one half-step.

The relative major key of E-flat minor is G-flat major and the seventh note of E-flat minor is D♭. Therefore, E-flat harmonic minor has six flats (B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭, C♭) and D♭ is raised to D.

Keyboard diagram of an e-flat harmonic minor scale with keys highlighted in red and labeled.

E-FLAT MELODIC MINOR SCALE

In melodic minor scales, we raise the sixth and seventh notes up one half-step when ascending and lower them back down when descending. Melodic minor scales follow the key signature of the scale’s relative major.

The relative major key of E-flat minor is G-flat major. Therefore, E-flat minor has six flats (B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭, G♭, C♭) and C♭ and D♭ are the sixth and seventh notes. We raise C♭ and D♭ to C and D when ascending the melodic minor scale, and we lower them back to C♭ and D♭ when descending.

Ascending

Descending


E-FLAT MAJOR PENTATONIC SCALE

The major pentatonic is a five-note scale built on the following major scale degrees: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6.

Keyboard diagram of an E-flat major pentatonic scale with keys highlighted in red and labeled.

E-FLAT MINOR PENTATONIC SCALE

The minor pentatonic scale is a five-note scale built on the following minor scale degrees: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7.

You can also think of the minor pentatonic as being built on the following major scale degrees: 1, ♭3, 4, 5, ♭7.


E-FLAT MAJOR BLUES SCALE

The major blues scale is built on the following major scale degrees: 1, 2, ♭3, 3, 5, 6.

Keyboard diagram of an e-flat major blues scale with keys highlighted in red and labeled.

E-FLAT MINOR BLUES SCALE

The minor blues scale is built on the following minor scale degrees: 1, 3, 4, ♭5, 5, 7.

You can also think of the minor blues scale as being built on the following major scale degrees: 1, ♭3, 4, ♭5, 5, ♭7.

Keyboard diagram of an e-flat minor blues scale with keys highlighted in red and labeled.

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