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The B flat minor scale has five flat notes (Bb, Db, Eb, Gb, and Ab), and it is not a common key for guitar pieces, though it can be indirectly achieved by playing in B minor with the strings tuned a half step down, or playing in A minor with a capo in the first fret. It is usually considered a dark and moody key. It should be noted that it's enharmonic scale, A sharp minor, is almost never used as it is impractical for reading and writing.

The relative major scale of B flat minor is D flat major. The notes that make up the B flat minor 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 B flat minor scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the B flat minor scale, together with their harmonic function.


Bb minor
Pattern I

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Bb minor
Pattern II

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Bb minor
Pattern III

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Bb minor
Pattern IV

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Bb minor
Pattern V

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Bb minor
Pattern VI

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Bb minor
Pattern VII

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

I
Bbm
I7
Bb7
ii7b5
Cm7b5
II7
C7
III
Db
III7
Db7
iv
Ebm
IV
Eb
#iv°
E°
V(7)
F(7)
v
Fm
VI
Gb
#vi7b5
Gm7b5
VII
Ab
vii°7
A°7