The B Flat Major Scale Notes
- The B flat note is a tonic note of the scale is the first note.
- C is the second note of the scale which is a major.
- The third note of the B flat major scale is a major D.
- E flat is a perfect note of the B flat major scale which is at the fourth position of the scale.
- F is the fifth note of the scale and it is essentially a perfect note. The fifth note can be stacked to obtain several notes on different major scales.
- The sixth note of the scale is a major note G.
- A is a major note at the 7th position of the B flat major scale.
- The eighth note is the flat perfect B.
The B Flat Major Scale Keys on Piano
The major notes are special in a sense because they are mostly on the white keys of the piano. The B flat major scale is also mostly on the white scales of the piano. The white scales of the piano and the black keys, both are necessary. It is not that the major scales only have white keys, but they are played mostly using the white keys.
- The white keys on the B flat major scale are five in number.
- The five keys include the second key C.
- The third key is the D note.
- The fourth white key is the fifth key of the scale F.
- The fifth white key is the sixth key G.
- The sixth white key is the seventh on the scale. It’s a white A.
- The first, fourth, and eighth key on the B flat major scale are black keys.
- The black keys in the scale are used for transposition, which is the upliftment of the scale pitch. Though the elevation always follows a rhythmic pattern.
- The B flat major scale is a diatonic scale which means that the scale has only natural notes of & different keys that are played on white keys except one transposition which is always on a black key.
The Degrees of B Flat Major Scale
There are different degrees of the B flat major scale which follow the same pattern as in all other major scales. There is a pattern that can be carefully observed by the learner.
- The Degree of the first note of the B flat major scale is called a tonic.
- The second key of the B flat major scale is one note higher than the tonic, which is the reason to call it a Supertonic C.
- The third note of any major scale is called the mediant of the scale. In the Bflat major scale, the mediant is D.
- The fourth scale of the B flat major is called the subdominant. The reason being the position of the note below that of the dominant of the scale. The E flat is the subdominant of the B flat major scale.
- The fifth note of the B flat major scale is the dominant note that resides just above the subdominant of the scale. F is dominant in the B flat major scale.
- The sixth note of the B flat major scale is submediant G.
- The B flat major is no different than other major scales where the seventh note is responsible to lead to the 8th note of a higher pitch very smoothy. A leads to the octave smoothly, so is referred to as the leading tone in the B flat major octave.
- Bb last note of B flat major which is a higher octave at 8th position.
B Flat Major Scale and Major Scale Formula
The B flat major is a diatonic scale. The fact is clear from the arrangement of the keys as Bflat, C, D, E flat, F, G, A. This says that the scale has five whole notes and two half notes.
The half notes in the major scale or diatonic scale are separated by big gaps of the whole notes.
- Following the major scale formula of WWHWWWH can be evidently observed from the scale keys pattern.
- From B flat to C is a whole step as one half-step has to be skipped in between.
- From C to D it is a whole note that has to skip a half-step or a semitone.
- On contrary, D to E flat is a half note which does not require to skip any note in between. The keys are placed adjacent to each other.
- E flat to F is a transition of the whole note. The player has to skip a semitone.
- F to G, one has to skip a key in between, the step happens to be a whole step.
- From G to A is a semi note or half step where the keys are adjacent.
Playing The B Flat Major Scale
The piano B flat major scale will require the learner to remember the rules for the fingerings. In the case of B flat major scale piano and B flat major scale guitar, the fingerings are important. On the other hand, while playing the flute the B Flat major scale has different set f rules. All should be mastered with practice. The B flat major scale guitar fingerings are important to practice and get command on the fretboard.
- The left hand in the Piano Bflat major scale follows a pattern like 32143213.
- The numbers used to denote the different fingers on the hand, make it use that the rule is followed.
- The thumb, index, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky refer to the 12345 numbers here.
- Thumb, index, middle-finger are used to play D, C, and B flat.
- The ring finger, middle finger, index, and thumb are used to play E flat, F G, and A.
- The middle finger plays the B flat octave.
- The ring finger is used to play B flat.
- The thumb, index, and middle finger are used to play C, D, and E.
- The E flat, F, G, and A are played using thumb, index, middle finger, and ring finger.