E flat blues scale for piano

E flat blues scale for piano

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E flat blues scale for piano

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The key of E flat major has 3 flats (Bb, Eb and Ab) in the key signature.  The notes of the E flat major scale are:  Eb   F   G   Ab   Bb   C   D   Eb

The blues scale uses some of the notes from the major scale but modifies others

The notes of the E flat blues scale are:

Eb     Gb     Ab     Bbb     Bb     Db     Eb

  1. The 1st note of the E flat blues scale uses the 1st degree of the Eb major scale – E flat
  2. The 2nd note of the E flat blues scale uses the 3rd degree of the E flat major scale (G) but lowers it by 1 semitone or half step – G flat
  3. The 3rd note of the E flat blues scale uses the 4th degree of the E flat major scale – A flat
  4. The 4th note of the E flat blues scale uses the 5th degree of the E flat major scale (Bb) but lowers it by one semitone or half step to B double flat (It may help to think of this as A while learning where to place your fingers on the keyboard)
  5. The 5th note of the E flat blues scales again uses the 5th degree of the E flat major scale (B flat) but does not lower it – B flat
  6. The 6th note of the E flat blues scale uses the 7th degree of the E flat major scale (D) and lowers it by one semitone or half step – D flat

To create the E flat blues scale, the E flat major scale is modified in the following way:

  1. 1st degree – E flat
  2. Flattened 3rd degree – G flat
  3. 4th degree – A flat
  4. Flattened 5th degree – B double flat
  5. 5th degree – B flat
  6. Flattened 7th degree – D flat

Notice that the 2nd (F) and 6th degrees (C) of the E flat major scale do not appear in the E flat blues scale.

Below is the sheet music followed by the piano notes and possible fingerings (right hand) of the E flat blues scale for piano

Please note that the fingerings suggested are only ‘possible’ fingerings for playing the E flat blues scale on the piano.  When improvising using the notes of the E flat blues scale with the right hand, fingerings may vary depending on which note the scale begins and the order of notes being played.