E♭ Major Scale it starts and ends with E flat. The relative minor of E♭ Major is C minor. Both of these keys have B♭, E♭ and A♭.
E♭ Major Key Signature
Here’s the key signature for E♭ Major – B♭, E♭ and A♭.
Notes in the Scale of E flat Major
When we play a scale, we usually start off with an ascending scale (the notes get higher), followed by descending scale (the notes get lower).
Ascending scale of E flat Major: E♭, F, G, A♭, B♭, C, D, E♭
Descending scale of E flat Major: E♭, D. C, B♭, A♭, G, F, E♭
Degrees of the Scale
Degrees of the scale refers to the number we assign to each note of a scale. When we are assigning degrees of a scale, we look at the scale in ascending order. Here are the notes for the various degrees of the E♭ Major scale:
1st degree: E♭
2nd degree: F
3rd degree: G
4th degree: A♭
5th degree: B♭
6th degree: C
7th degree: D
Technical Names of Notes in E♭ Major
Instead of using the degree of the scale, we can also use technical names of notes.
tonic – E♭
supertonic – F
mediant – G
subdominant – A♭
dominant – B♭
submediant – C
leading note – D
Semitones and Tones
In all major scales, they follow this:
|Pairs of notes||Tone or semitone apart?|
|1st -> 2nd||tone|
|2nd -> 3rd||tone|
|3rd -> 4th||semitone|
|4th -> 5th||tone|
|5th -> 6th||tone|
|6th -> 7th||tone|
|7th -> 8th||semitone|
Most adjacent pairs of notes in the major scale are a tone apart, except for the 3rd to 4th note, and the 7th to the 8th note. This doesn’t apply just to E♭ Major scale, but for ALL major scales. By knowing the distance between the notes in a Major scale, we can form any major scale even if we do not know its key signature.
In this case, the semitones are found here:
- From F# to G (3rd to 4th note)
- From C# to D (7th to 8th note)
E♭ Major Scale on different clefs.
Here’s how the E♭ Major scales look like in treble clef (without key signature). I’ve also included the fingerings:
Here’s how the E♭ Major scales look like in bass clef (without key signature). I’ve also included the fingerings:
Here’s how the E♭ Major scales look like in alto clef.
Here’s how the E♭ Major scales look like in tenor clef (without key signature).
How to play the E♭ Major scale on the piano
The fingerings for the right hand part of the E♭ Major scale are:
E♭ -2/3 (use the 2nd finger only for the first E♭ of the ascending scale, the rest use 3)
B♭ – 4
D – 2
The fingerings for the left hand part of the E♭ Major scale are:
B♭ – 3
D – 1