Eb Melodic Minor

E flat Melodic Minor scale for guitar.
The Eb Melodic Minor is a seven-note scale. Colored circles mark the tones in the fingerboard diagram, with darker color highlighting the root notes. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 11th fret.

Eb Melodic Minor 2 octaves

Eb Melodic Minor scale diagram

Eb Melodic Minor full fretboard

Eb Melodic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

Eb Melodic Minor with note names

Eb Melodic Minor scale with note letters diagram
Notes: Eb - F - Gb - Ab - Bb - C - D Intervals: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 Type: Septonic 

The scale displayed with its numeric formula, 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 C SixthSubmediant
7 D Major seventh Subtonic

The interval formula (2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 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-C M6
Eb-D M7
Notes (descending) Interval
Eb-D m2
Eb-C 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
  • Fm
  • Gbaug
  • Ab
  • Bb
  • Cdim
  • Ddim

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the Eb Melodic Minor scale in which Ebm is the tonic triad.

The E flat Melodic 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 - 2 - 2 - 1 from the first note to the next octave.
This scale has an unusual aspect: it ascends as described above but descends as the Natural Minor. For that reason, it is also known as the Ascending Melodic Minor.
The Eb Melodic Minor is one of three Eb Minor scales, the other two are Eb Natural Minor and Eb Harmonic Minor.
The scale is identical with the Major scale apart from the minor third. Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as Ionian b3 scale.