D Flat Major Scale

In this article on the D Flat Major scale, we will touch upon the notes, intervals, key signatures, chords, and popular songs in the key. We will also cover how to play the D Flat Major Scale on guitar, its patterns, and fingerings.

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Introduction to the D Flat Major Scale

The key of D Flat Major was termed majestic by Hector Berlioz and considered the best for flute music by Charles-Marie Widor. Franz Schubert frequently used the key in his Waltz and other similar compositions. Beethoven used it in his Second Piano Concerto. The list of symphonies in D-flat major is attached here.

Ernst Pauer considered it for ” Fullness of tone, sonority, and euphony.”

D Flat Major Scale Notes

The notes of the Db Major scale are given by the major scales formula {W W H W W W H}.

  • 1st Note – Root – Db
  • 2nd Note – M2 – Eb
  • 3rd Note – M3 – F
  • 4th Note – P4 – Gb
  • 5th Note – P5 – Ab
  • 6th Note – M6 – Bb
  • 7th Note – M7 – C

The seven notes of the Db Major scale are {Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, and Db(O)}, where Db(O) is the note Db one octave higher than the root. C is the leading tone for this scale.

From the above notes, you can see that the key signature of D Flat Major has five flats. Hence to play it on a piano keyboard, you require five black keys and two white keys.


Scale Degrees

Intervals Root M2 M3 P4 P5 M6 M7P8
Scale Degrees12345671(8)
Notes DbEbFGbAbBbCDb(O)

D Flat Major Scale On The Treble And Bass Clef:

Treble Clef:

D Flat Major Scale on Treble Clef

Bass Clef:

D Flat Major Scale on Bass Clef

D Flat Major Scale Guitar Positions

Linked CAGED Patterns.

The Db major scale in a straight line exists on the B string.

D Flat Major Scale Up to 15 Fret

Five CAGED Patterns

D flat Major Scale Patterns

Guitar Tabs for the CAGED Patterns

E Shaped Scale Pattern

D Flat Major - E Shape

D Shaped Pattern

D Flat Major - D Shape 01

C Shaped Pattern

D Flat Major - C Shape

A Shaped Pattern

D Flat Major - A Shape

G Shaped Pattern

D Flat Major - G Shape

Fingering Arrangement For Scale Patterns

The finger positions for all five patterns are given in the diagram below.

D flat Major Scale Fingering

The Chords Of The D Flat Major Key

Scale Degrees1234567
Chord DesignationIiiiiiIVVviviidim
Scale Degree NamesTonicSuper-TonicMediantSub-DominantDominantSub-MediantLeading Tone
Chord NamesDbEbmFmGbAbBbmCdim
Chord QualityMajorminorminorMajorMajorminordim

The following triad chords result from the D Flat major scale.

  1. Three Major chords – I, IV, and V – Db, Gb, and Ab Major chords.
  2. Three minor chords – ii, iii, and vi – Ebm, Fm, and Bbm.
  3. One diminished chord, the vii° – Cdim.
  4. Dominant Chord – 5th scale degree – Ab Major.
  5. Subdominant Chord – 4th Scale Degree – Db Major.

Note Names In These Triad Chords.

Scale DegreesIntervalsChord NotesChord Name
1R – Db – M3 – F – m3 – AbDb F AbDb
2R – Eb – m3 – Gb – M3 – BbEb Gb BbEbm
3R – F – m3 – Ab – M3 – CF Ab CFm
4R – Gb – M3 – Bb – m3 – DbGb Bb DbGb
5R – Ab – M3 – C – m3 – EbAb C EbAb
6R – Bb – m3 – Db – M3 – FBb Db FBbm
7R – C – m3 – Eb – m3 – GbC Eb GbCdim

7th Chords Of D Flat Major Scale

Scale DegreesChord NameRoman N DesignationChord Notes
1DbMaj7IM7Db - F - Ab - C
2Ebm7iim7Eb - Gb - Bb - Db
3Fm7iiim7F - Ab - C - Eb
4GbMaj7IVM7Gb - Bb - Db - F
5Ab7V7Ab – C – Eb - Gb
6Bbm7vim7Bb – Db – F - Ab
7C7b5viiø7C – Eb – Gb - Bb

Relative & Parallel Minor Of Db Major Scale

Relative Minor Scale: Bb Minor Scale with notes {Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, Gb, and Ab}.

Parallel Scale: Db minor scale with notes {Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bbb, and Cb}. Its key signature has six flats and one double flat.

Enharmonic Equivalent Scale: C Sharp Major Scale with the notes {C#, D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, and B#}. Its key signature has seven sharp notes.

The Modes of the D Flat Major Scale

The seven diatonic modes of the D Flat Major Scale are:

  1. D Flat Ionian.
  2. E Flat Dorian.
  3. F Phrygian.
  4. G Flat Lydian.
  5. A Flat Mixolydian.
  6. B Flat Aeolian.
  7. C Locrian.

Songs In The Key Of D Flat Major Scale

Some of the popular songs in the key of D Flat Major Scale are:

  1. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2.
  2. “Everything I Do (I Do it For You).” by Bryan Adams.
  3. “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran.
  4. “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N’ Roses.
  5. “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You” by Glenn Medeiros.
  6. “I Just Called To Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder.
  7. “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion.
  8. “Gypsy” by Shakira.
  9. “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time” by Mariah Carey.
  10. “I Turn To You” by Christina Aguilera.


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