The Bb Major Scale contains two flats: Bb and Eb.
The notes in the Bb Major scale are:
Bb – C – D – Eb – F – G – A
If you are interested in learning about modes and guitar scales, it should be pointed out that the Bb major scale is effectively the same scale as the Bb ionian scale. For the purpose of the series of lessons on guitar modes, we are going to treat Bb ionian and Bb major as an identical scale.
Positions On The Guitar:
Of course, as with all scales, we want to be able to play Bb across the entire guitar fretboard.
Firstly, let’s look at the open position:
Here are the positions along the fretboard:
The first one is in the 2nd position (the lowest fret is fret 2)
The next one is in the 5th position (the lowest fret is fret 5)
The next one is in the 6th position (the lowest fret is fret 6)
The next one is in the 10th position (the lowest fret is fret 10)
The last one is in the 11th position (the lowest fret is fret 11)
That is the Bb Major scale and all its positions along the guitar fretboard.
For more information on major scales check out the post a complete guide to major scales on the guitar.
Also check out the post, guitar modes explained.
Here are the 7 modes in the key of Bb Major:
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