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The E flat minor scale has six flats (Eb, Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, and Db) and it isn't regularly found in classical guitar music, with composers choosing instead the neighboring (and far better suited for fingering and resonance) keys of D minor and E minor. Some genres of popular music, however, have a tradition of tuning the guitars half a step down in order to accommodate singers, so its common to find pieces played as in E minor and sounding in E flat minor instead.

They key of E flat minor is used with frequency in classical Russian piano tradition. It is also favored by jazz and blues musicians, as it allows for really easy fingerings in pentatonic scales. The relative major scale of E flat minor is G flat major. The notes that make up the scale are the same ones used for the G# doric mode, Bb phrygian, B lydian, C# mixolydian, and F locrian. It should be noted that E flat minor is favored over D sharp minor for its practicality in woodwind writing.

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


Eb minor
Pattern I

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Eb minor
Pattern II

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Eb minor
Pattern III

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Eb minor
Pattern IV

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Eb minor
Pattern V

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Eb minor
Pattern VI

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Eb minor
Pattern VII

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

I
Ebm
I7
Eb7
ii7b5
Fm7b5
II7
F7
III
Gb
III7
Gb7
iv
Abm
IV
Ab
#iv°
A°
V(7)
Bb(7)
v
Bbm
VI
Cb
#vi7b5
C#7b5
VII
Db
vii°7
D°7