Bb Minor

B flat Minor scale for guitar.
The Bb Minor is a seven-note scale, also called Natural Bb Minor. Colored circles mark the tones in the diagram, with darker color highlighting the root notes. The root notes are always Bb tones. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 6th fret.

Bb Minor 2 octaves

Bb Minor scale diagram

Bb Minor full fretboard

Bb Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

Bb Minor with note names

Bb Minor scale with note letters diagram

Shape 1 (5th position) with fingerings

Bb Minor scale shape diagram 5th pos

Shape 2 (8th position) with fingerings

Bb Minor scale shape diagram 8th pos

Shape 3 (10th position) with fingerings

Bb Minor scale shape diagram 10th pos

Shape 4 (1st position) with fingerings

Bb Minor scale shape diagram 1st pos

Shape 5 (3rd position) with fingerings

Bb Minor scale shape diagram 3rd pos
Notes: Bb - C - Db - Eb - F - Gb - Ab Intervals: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 Type: Septonic 

The scale displayed with its numeric formula, notes, intervals and scale degrees.

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 Bb Unison Tonic
2 C Major second Supertonic
b3 Db Minor third Mediant
4 Eb Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 F Perfect fifth Dominant
b6 Gb Minor sixth Submediant
b7 Ab Minor seventh Subtonic

The interval formula (2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.

Notes (ascending) Interval
Bb-C M2
Bb-Db m3
Bb-Eb P4
Bb-F P5
Bb-Gb m6
Bb-Ab m7
Notes (descending) Interval
Bb-Ab M2
Bb-Gb M3
Bb-F P4
Bb-Eb P5
Bb-Db M6
Bb-C m7

Abbreviations are used: M / m stands for major / minor and P stands for perfect.

The B flat Minor scale consists of seven notes. These can be described as intervals, as semi-notes or steps on the guitar fingerboard, written as 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 from the first note to the next octave.
The Bb Minor is relative to C# Major. Both scales include the same notes but their tonal center differ.
The Bb Minor is identical with the Bb Aeolian mode.

Beneficial to learn this scale is to observe the note steps starting from the root: whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole, whole. The same formula applies for the whole neck.

These are chords built from the notes of this scale:

Bbm, Bbm7, Bbm9, Bbm11
Cdim, Cm7b5
Db, Dbmaj7, Db6, Db6/9, Dbmaj9, Dbmaj13
Ebm, Ebm7, Ebm6, Ebm9, Ebm11, Ebm13
Fm, Fm7
Gb, Gbmaj7, Gb6, Gb6/9, Gbmaj9
Ab, Ab7, Ab6, Ab9, Ab11, Ab13

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the Bb Minor scale in which Bbm is the tonic triad and Bbm7 the tonic 7th chord.

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

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Bb Minor scale first shape ascending.

Bb Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.