E Flat Minor scale

This article on E Flat Natural Minor scale details its music theory like notes, intervals, staff notation, CAGED patterns on the guitar fretboard, guitar tabs, recommended fingering, chords formed by harmonizing the scale, its modes, related keys, popular songs in the key, etc.

Read the complete article to know all about the E Flat minor scale!

Introduction To E Flat Natural Minor scale

Ernst Pauer has defined the E Flat Minor key as the darkest, most somber key of all. It is rarely used in Western classical music. But it has been used in Russian music a lot.

The list of symphonies in the Eb natural minor key is attached here.

Minor Scale Structure

According to music theory, all minor scales with seven notes have the following scale formula for their notes:

{W H W W H W W} or {T S T T S T T} or {2 1 2 2 1 2 2}

Here,

  • W or T stands for the whole step or whole tone intervals between the notes,
  • H or S represents a half-step or semitone interval between them.

Intervals Of Minor Scales

The 7 notes of natural minor scales have the following intervals with their tonic note.

R – M2 – m3 – P4 – P5 – m6 – m7 – R(O).

There are two other minor scales, as under,

  1. Similarly, the intervals of the harmonic minor scale are R – M2 – m3 – P4 – P5 – m6 – M7 – R(O). As you may note, harmonic minor scales have a raised seventh note forming a leading tone instead of a subtonic in natural minor scales.
  2. The intervals of the notes of the melodic minor scale in ascending order are R – M2 – m3 – P4 – P5 – M6 – M7 – R(O). It has two different notes than the corresponding natural minor scale – the raised 6th and 7th notes.

E Flat Minor Scale Notes

Using E Flat as the first note in the natural minor scale formula above, we get:

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

The E Flat harmonic minor scale notes are Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, D, and Eb(O).

The notes of the E Flat melodic minor scale (ascending) are Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, D, and Eb(O).

From the above notes, you can see that the key signature of the E Flat natural minor scale has six flats. Playing it on a piano keyboard requires two white and five black keys. The notes of E Flat minor are shown on the piano keyboard below.

E Flat Minor Scale on Piano Keyboard

Scale Degrees

The intervals between the notes of the E Flat natural minor scale, the notes, the scale degrees, and their names are shown in the table below for easy reference.

Intervals Root M2 m3 P4 P5 m6/M6m7/M7P8
Scale Degrees12345671(8)
Natural MinorEbFGbAbBbCbDbEb(O)
Harmonic MinorEbFGbAbBbCbDEb(O)
Melodic MinorEbFGbAbBbCDEb(O)

Diagram Of This Scale On The Treble And Bass Clef:

The notation diagrams of the E Flat minor scale descending and ascending are placed below, showing its notes on the treble and bass clef.

Treble Clef:

E Flat Minor Scale on Treble Clef

Bass Clef:

E Flat Minor Scale on Bass Clef

E Flat Minor Scale Guitar Positions

The diagram below shows the E Flat minor scale in the combined patterns of notes on the fretboard between the 1st and the 14th fret. You can see the entire major scale in a single line from the 1st fret of the 4th string to the 13th fret.

E Flat Minor Scale Up to 15 Fret

The below diagrams show the five different scale patterns based on the CAGED system of open chords. Note the lowest root positions of each pattern carefully, as you need to start playing any pattern from this position.

E Flat Minor Scale Patterns

1st Pattern

  1. Chord shape based on: E open chord shape.
  2. Pattern lies between the frets: 1st to 4th fret.
  3. The number of roots: Two.
  4. Lowest root position: 1st fret on the 4th string.
E Flat Minor Scale - E Shape

2nd Pattern

  1. Chord shape based on: D open chord shape.
  2. Pattern lies between the frets: 3rd to 7th fret.
  3. The number of roots: Two.
  4. Lowest root position: 6th fret on the 5th string.
E Flat Minor Scale - D Shape

3rd Pattern

  1. Chord shape based on: C open chord shape.
  2. Pattern lies between the frets: 6th fret to 9th fret.
  3. The number of roots: Two.
  4. Lowest root position: 6th fret on the 5th string.
E Flat Minor Scale - C Shape

4th Pattern

  1. Chord shape based on: A open chord shape.
  2. Pattern lies between the frets: 8th fret to 12th fret.
  3. The number of roots: Three.
  4. Lowest root position: 11th fret on the 6th string.
E Flat Minor Scale - A Shape

5th Pattern

  1. Chord shape based on: G open chord shape.
  2. Pattern lies between the frets: 10th fret to 14th fret.
  3. The number of roots: Three.
  4. Lowest root position: 11th fret on the 6th string.
E Flat Minor Scale - G Shape

Practicing The Scale Patterns

See in detail how to play and practice any scale in our articles on the D Major and C major scales. The fingering diagrams for all five patterns are given below, along with their description in the below table.

E Flat Minor Scale Fingering
ShapeIndex FingerMiddle FingerRing FingerLittle Finger
EFret 1Fret 2Fret 3Fret 4
DString [3 4] - Fret 3, String [1 2 5 6] - Fret 4String [3 4] - Fret 4, String [1 2 5 6] - Fret 5String [3 4] - Fret 5, String [1 2 5 6] - Fret 6String [3 4] - Fret 6, String [1 2 5 6] - Fret 7
CFret 6Fret 7Fret 8Fret 9
AString [3 4 5] - Fret 8, [1 2 6] - Fret 9String [3 4 5] - Fret 9, String [1 2 6] - Fret 10String [3 4 5] - Fret 10, String [1 2 6] - Fret 11String [3 4 5] - Fret 11, String [1 2 6] - Fret 12
GString 3 - Fret 10, String [1 2 4 5 6] - Fret 11 String 3 - Fret 11, String [1 2 4 5 6] - Fret 12 String 3 - Fret 12, String [1 2 4 5 6] - Fret 13 String 3 - Fret 13, String [1 2 4 5 6] - Fret 14

What Are The Chords Of The E Flat Minor Key?

The chords formed by the seven-scale degrees of the Eb natural Minor scale as the root note, their Roman numeral designation, and qualities are given in the table below.

Scale Degrees1234567
Chord DesignationiiidimIIIivvVIVII
Chord NamesEbmFdimGbAbmBbmCbDb
Chord QualityminordiminishedMajorminorminorMajorMajor

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

  1. Three major chords – III, VI, and VII – Gb major, Cb major, and Db major.
  2. Three minor chords – i, iv, and v – Ebm, Abm, and Bbm.
  3. One diminished chord – ii°, Fdim.

The seven triads, their note names, and their intervals are shown in the table below.

Scale DegreesIntervalsChord NotesChord Name
1R – Eb – m3 – Gb – M3 – BbEb – Gb – BbEbm
2R – F – m3 – Ab – m3 – CbF – Ab – CbFdim
3R – Gb – M3 – Bb – m3 – DbGb – Bb – DbGb
4R – Ab – m3 – Cb – M3 – EbAb – Cb – EbAbm
5R – Bb – m3 – Db – M3 – FBb – Db – FBbm
6R – Cb – M3 – Eb – m3 – GbCb – Eb – GbCb
7R – Db – M3 – F – m3 – AbDb – F – AbDb

Relative & Parallel Minor Of E Flat Minor

The relative major key of the E Flat natural minor scale is the G Flat Major scale. Alternatively, E Flat minor is the relative minor of the G Flat major scale. All the relative major and minor scales carry the same notes and key signature.

G Flat Major Scale: Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, F.

The parallel scales have the same starting note. The parallel scale of the E Flat natural minor scale is the E Flat major scale with the notes,

Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, and D. It has three flats.

Its enharmonically equivalent mode is D Sharp Minor with notes D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, B, and C#. Its key signature has six sharps.

Songs In The Key Of E Flat Minor

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

  1. “River Lea” by Adele.
  2. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder.
  3. “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac.
  4. “The Final Countdown” by Europe.
  5. “November Rain” by Guns N Roses.
  6. “Take a Look Around.” by Limp Bizkit.
  7. “Die Young” by Black Sabbath.

The Modes of the E Flat Minor Scale

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

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

Conclusion

I hope you have received the desired information on the E Flat Natural Minor Scale and are now in the position to start practicing it. We urge you to put in a practice routine to master it. If you have any comments or need any additional clarifications, write to us in the section below.

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