Db Harmonic Minor

D flat Harmonic Minor scale for guitar.
The Db Harmonic Minor is a seven-note scale. Colored circles mark the tones in the diagram, the darker ones are the root notes. In the two-octave pattern, the first note in the scale is on the 6th string, 9th fret.

Db Harmonic Minor 2 octaves

Db Harmonic Minor scale diagram

Db Harmonic Minor full fretboard

Db Harmonic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

Db Harmonic Minor with note names

Db Harmonic Minor scale with note letters diagram

Shape 1 (8th position) with fingerings

Db Harmonic Minor scale shape 1 diagram

Shape 2 (10th position) with fingerings

Db Harmonic Minor scale shape 2 diagram

Shape 3 (1st position) with fingerings

Db Harmonic Minor scale shape 3 diagram

Shape 4 (3rd position) with fingerings

Db Harmonic Minor scale shape 4 diagram

Shape 5 (6th position) with fingerings

Db Harmonic Minor scale shape 5 diagram
Notes: Db - Eb - Fb - Gb - Ab - Bbb - C Intervals: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 1 Type: Septonic 

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

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 Db Unison Tonic
2 Eb Major second Supertonic
b3 Fb Minor third Mediant
4 Gb Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 Ab Perfect fifth Dominant
6 Bbb Minor sixth Submediant
7 C Major seventhSubtonic

The third degree is written as Fb, which is the same as E. The sixth degree is written as Bbb, which is the same as A. A practice in a scale notation is to not include the same letter twice, if it can be avoided.

The interval formula (2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 1) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.

Notes (ascending) Interval
Db-Eb M2
Db-E m3
Db-Gb P4
Db-Ab P5
Db-A m6
Db-C M7
Notes (descending) Interval
Db-C m2
Db-A M3
Db-Ab P4
Db-Gb P5
Db-E M6
Db-Eb m7

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

The main chords that are related to this scale are the following:

Dbm X46654 DbmM7 X46554
Ebdim X6787X Ebm7b5 X6767X
Eaug X32110 EM7#5 030033
Gbm 244222 Gbm7 242222
Ab 466544 Ab7 464544
A X02220 Amaj7 X02120
Cdim X3454X Cdim7 XX1212

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the Db Harmonic Minor scale in which Dbm is the tonic triad and DbmM7 the tonic 7th chord.
The second and fourth columns include short notations for the chords in the first and third columns respectively. These are based on common ways to play the chord, but there are other alternatives. See more about this notation system on the FAQ page.

The D flat Harmonic Minor scale consists of seven notes. These can be described as intervals, as semi-notes or steps on the guitar fingerboard from the first note to the next octave. Written as semi-notes: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 1. Written as steps: whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole and a half, half.
The Db Harmonic Minor is one of three Db Minor scales, the other two are Db Natural Minor and Db Melodic Minor.

This minor scale has an exotic sound caused by the whole and a half distance between the sixth and seventh degrees.
This large jump is the main feature to focus on in addition to the parallels with the other two minor scales.

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

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Db Harmonic Minor scale first shape ascending.

Db Harmonic Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.