D Flat Minor Scale

Learning guitar scales improves technique and allows you to improvise and do your own songwriting. This article on the D Flat Minor scale will cover its music theory, staff diagrams, guitar patterns on the fretboard, guitar tabs, fingerings, modes, chords, associated/related scales, and other details.

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D Flat Minor Scale Notes

The notes any natural minor scale are given by the formula {W H W W H W W} using Db as the first note:

  • 1st Note – Root – Db
  • 2nd Note – M2 – Eb
  • 3rd Note – m3 – Fb
  • 4th Note – P4 – Gb
  • 5th Note – P5 – Ab
  • 6th Note – m6 – Bbb
  • 7th Note – m7 – Cb

The notes of the Db Minor scale are {Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bbb, Cb, and Db(O)}, where Db(O) is the Db note one octave higher than the root.

From the above notes, you can see that the key signature of the D Flat natural minor scale has six flats and one double flat. Playing it on a piano keyboard requires three white and four black piano keys. The notes of the Db natural minor scale on the Piano Keyboard are shown below.

D Flat Major Scale on Piano Keyboard

The D Flat harmonic minor scale notes are Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bbb, C, and Db(O).

The notes of the D flat melodic minor scale (ascending) are Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, and Db(O).

Scale Degrees

Intervals Root M2 m3 P4 P5 m6/M6m7/M7P8
Scale Degrees12345671(8)
Natural MinorDbEbFbGbAbBbbCbDb(O)
Harmonic MinorDbEbFbGbAbBbbCDb(O)
Melodic MinorDbEbFbGbAbBbCDb(O)

D Flat Minor Scale On The Treble And Bass Clef:

Treble Clef:

D Flat Minor Scale on Treble Clef

Bass Clef:

D Flat Minor Scale on Bass Clef

D Flat Minor Scale Guitar Positions

Linked CAGED Patterns.

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

D Flat Minor Scale Up to 15 Fret

Five CAGED Patterns

D Flat Minor Scale Patterns

Guitar Tabs For The CAGED Patterns

E Shaped Scale Pattern

D Flat Minor - E Shape

D Shaped Pattern

D Flat Minor - D Shape

C Shaped Pattern

D Flat Minor - C Shape

A Shaped Pattern

D Flat Minor - A Shape

G Shaped Pattern

D Flat Minor - G Shape

Fingering Arrangement For Scale Patterns

D Flat Minor Scale Fingerings

The Chords Of The D Flat Minor Key?

Scale Degrees1234567
Chord DesignationiiidimIIIivvVIVII
Chord NamesDbmEbdimFbGbmAbmBbbCb
Chord QualityminordiminishedMajorminorminorMajorMajor

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

  1. Three Major chords – III, VI, and VII – Fb major, Bbb major, and Cb major.
  2. Three minor chords – i, iv, and v – Dbm, Gbm, and Abm.
  3. One diminished chord, the ii°, Ebdim.
  4. Dominant Chord – Ab major formed from the 5th scale degree of the Db Harmonic Minor scale.

Note Names In These Triad Chords.

Scale DegreesIntervalsChord NotesChord Name
1R – Db – m3 – Fb – M3 – AbDb – Fb – AbDbm
2R – Eb – m3 – Gb – m3 – BbbEb – Gb – BbbEbdim
3R – Fb – M3 – Ab – m3 – CbFb – Ab – CbFb
4R – Gb – m3 – Bbb – M3 – DbGb – Bbb – DbGbm
5R – Ab – m3 – Cb – M3 – EbAb – Cb – EbAbm
6R – Bbb – M3 – Db – m3 – FbBbb – Db – FbBbb
7R – Cb – M3 – Eb – m3 – GbCb – Eb – GbCb

7th Chords Of D Flat Minor Scale

Scale DegreesChord NameRoman N DesignationChord Notes
1Dbm7im7Db - Fb - Ab - Cb
2Ebm7b5iiø7Eb - Gb - Bbb - Db
3FbMaj7IIIM7Fb - Ab - Cb - Eb
4Gbm7ivm7Gb - Bbb - Db - Fb
5Abm7vm7Ab – Cb – Eb - Gb
6BbbMaj7VIM7Bbb – Db – Fb - Ab
7Cb7VII7Cb – Eb – Gb - Bbb

Relative & Parallel Minor Of D Flat Minor

Relative Major Key: F Flat Major Scale {Fb, Gb, Ab, Bbb, Cb, Db, Eb, Db, and Eb}. Relative major and minor scales have the same notes.

Parallel scale: D Flat Major scale {Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, and C}. Its key signature has five flats.

Enharmonic equivalent: C Sharp Minor with notes {C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, and B}. Its key signature has four sharps.

The Modes of the D Flat Minor Scale

The 7 diatonic modes of the D Flat Natural Minor Scale are:

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

Songs In The Key Of D Flat Minor

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

  1. “It’s About Time” by SWV.
  2. “Share My World” by Mary J. Blige.
  3. “Knockin’ da Boots” by H-Town.
  4. “Nasty” by Janet Jackson.
  5. “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye.
  6. “Message in the Bottle” by The Police.
  7. “Aquemini” by OutKast.


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