Db Minor

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

Db Minor 2 octaves

Db Minor scale diagram

Db Minor full fretboard

Db Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

Db Minor with note names

Db Minor scale with note letters diagram

Shape 1 (8th position) with fingerings

Db Minor scale shape diagram 8th pos

Shape 2 (11th position) with fingerings

Db Minor scale shape diagram 11th pos

Shape 3 (1st position) with fingerings

Db Minor scale shape diagram 1st pos

Shape 4 (4th position) with fingerings

Db Minor scale shape diagram 4th pos

Shape 5 (6th position) with fingerings

Db Minor scale shape diagram 6th pos
Notes: Db - Eb - Fb - Gb - Ab - Bbb - Cb 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 Db Unison Tonic
2 Eb Major second Supertonic
b3 Fb Minor third Mediant
4 Gb Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 Ab Perfect fifth Dominant
b6 Bbb Minor sixth Submediant
b7 Cb Minor seventh Subtonic

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. The seventh degree is written as Cb, which is the same as B. 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 - 2 - 2) 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-B m7
Notes (descending) Interval
Db-B 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 D 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 Db Minor is relative to E Major. Both scales include the same notes but their tonal center differ.
The Db Minor is identical with the Db 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:

Dbm, Dbm7, Dbm9, Dbm11
Ebdim, Ebm7b5
E, Emaj7, E6, E6/9, Emaj9, Emaj13
Gbm, Gbm7, Gbm6, Gbm9, Gbm11, Gbm13
Abm, Abm7
A, Amaj7, A6, A6/9, Amaj9
B, B7, B6, B9, B11, B13

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the Db Minor scale in which Dbm is the tonic triad and Dbm7 the tonic 7th chord.

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Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

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Db Minor scale first shape ascending.

Db Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.