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The D flat major scale has five flats (Db, Eb, Gb, Ab, and Bb) and, because of this, it is not a very common choice to play or write guitar music in this key: guitar pieces (as well as most pieces for string instruments) are usually written considering the resonance of the instrument and the comfort of the player. There are no open strings on D flat major, thus making it an uncommon key for the guitar.

Still, D flat major is a far more used key than its enharmonic counterpart C sharp major, consisting of seven sharps as opposed to five flats. D flat major has been widely used in piano music (especially since the romantic period), as they black keys of the piano correspond to the flats in the scale, allowing an easy fingering.

The relative minor scale of D flat major is B flat minor. Its parallel is D flat minor, usually replaced with C sharp minor for easier writing. We can see an example of this in Chopin's Prelude in D flat major, where writes a middle section in the parallel minor, using the enharmonic equivalent C sharp minor.

The notes that make up the D flat major scale are the same ones used for the Eb doric mode, F phrygian, Gb lydian, Ab mixolydian, Bb aeolian (or minor), and C locrian.

Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the D flat major scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the D flat major scale, together with their harmonic function.



D flat major
Pattern I

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D flat major
Pattern II

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D flat major
Pattern III

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D flat major
Pattern IV

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D flat major
Pattern V

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D flat major
Pattern VI

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D flat major
Pattern VII

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The following chords can be played when using the D flat major scale.

I
Db
I7
Db7
ii
Ebm
II7
Eb7
ii7b5
Ebm7b5
iii
Fm
III7
F7
bIII
E
IV
Gb
ii7b5/iii
Gm7b5
iv
Gbm
V
Ab
V7
Ab7
v
Abm
vi
Bbm
VI7
Bb7
bVI
A
vii
Cdim
vii7b5
Cm7b5
bVII
B