Eb Harmonic Minor

E flat Harmonic Minor scale for guitar.
The Eb 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, 11th fret.

Eb Harmonic Minor 2 octaves

Eb Harmonic Minor scale diagram

Eb Harmonic Minor full fretboard

Eb Harmonic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

Eb Harmonic Minor with note names

Eb Harmonic Minor scale with note letters diagram

Shape 1 (10th position) with fingerings

Eb Harmonic Minor scale shape 1 diagram

Shape 2 (12th position) with fingerings

Eb Harmonic Minor scale shape 2 diagram

Shape 3 (3rd position) with fingerings

Eb Harmonic Minor scale shape 3 diagram

Shape 4 (5th position) with fingerings

Eb Harmonic Minor scale shape 4 diagram

Shape 5 (8th position) with fingerings

Eb Harmonic Minor scale shape 5 diagram
Notes: Eb - F - Gb - Ab - Bb - Cb - D 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 Eb Unison Tonic
2 F Major second Supertonic
b3 Gb Minor third Mediant
4 Ab Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 Bb Perfect fifth Dominant
6 Cb Minor sixth Submediant
7 D Major seventhSubtonic

The sixth 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 - 3 - 1) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.

Notes (ascending) Interval
Eb-F M2
Eb-Gb m3
Eb-Ab P4
Eb-Bb P5
Eb-B m6
Eb-D M7
Notes (descending) Interval
Eb-D m2
Eb-B M3
Eb-Bb P4
Eb-Ab P5
Eb-Gb M6
Eb-F 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:

Ebm X68876 EbmM7 X68776
Fdim XX3464 Fm7b5 X8989X
Gbaug X9877X GbM7#5 21333X
Abm 466444 Abm7 464444
Bb 688766 Bb7 686766
B X24442 Bmaj7 X24342
Ddim X5676X Ddim7 XX3434

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the Eb Harmonic Minor scale in which Ebm is the tonic triad and EbmM7 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 E 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 Eb Harmonic Minor is one of three Eb Minor scales, the other two are Eb Natural Minor and Eb 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.

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

Eb Harmonic Minor scale first shape ascending.

Eb Harmonic Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.