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The Bb major scale has two flats (Bb and Eb). Even though three open strings are notes of the scale, it is not so commonly used in guitar music, the main reasons being that most of the fundamental chords used for music in Bb would require a barred position. The most usual way of playing in B flat major in the guitar is to use a capo on the first fret and play as in the key of A major. 

The relative minor scale of Bb major is G minor. The notes that make up the Bb major scale are the same ones used for the C doric mode, D phrygian, Eb lydian, F mixolydian, G aeolian (or minor), and A locrian. Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the Bb major scale. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the Bb major scale, together with their harmonic function.



Bb major
Pattern I

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Bb major
Pattern II

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Bb major
Pattern III

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Bb major
Pattern IV

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Bb major
Pattern V

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Bb major
Pattern VI

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Bb major
Pattern VII

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

I
    Bb 
I7
    Bb7
 
ii
    Cm7
II7
    C7
ii7b5
    Cm7b5 
iii
    Dm
III7
    D7 
bIII
    Db 
IV
    Eb 
ii7b5/iii
    Em7b5 
iv
    Ebm
V
    F
V7
    F7
v
    Fm7
vi
    Gm
VI7
    G7 
bVI
    Gb 
vii
    Adim
vii7b5 
    Am7b5 
bVII
    Ab