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Notes and Key Siganature

Scale notes, degrees and key signature to B Major in Phrygian mode.


B Major Scale notes and degrees

  • D♯
    Tonic   ( i )
  • E
    Supertonic   ( II )
  • F♯
    Mediant   ( III )
  • G♯
    Subdominant   ( iv )
  • A♯
    Dominant   ( vo )
  • B
    Submediant   ( VI )
  • C♯
    Leading tone   ( vii )

B Major Scale Key Signature

B Major scale key signature consists of 5 accidental(s) : D♯ F♯ G♯ A♯ C♯

Enharmonic Equivalent Scale

Direct enharmonic equivalent to B Major is Cb Major scale

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Scale formula

B Major in Phrygian mode. Scale formula expressed in terms of (H)alf and (W)hole steps.


  • D♯  
  • H  
  • E  
  • W  
  • F♯  
  • W  
  • G♯  
  • W  
  • A♯  
  • H  
  • B  
  • W  
  • C♯  
  • W  
  • D♯
H - (H)alf step (1 note) W - (W)hole step (2 notes)

Chromatic scale

Chromatic scale note names for B Major scale.

D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D

Fretboard

Layout of notes in B Major scale on the guitar fretboard.


0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯
B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯
G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯
D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯
A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯
E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯
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Positions

Fretboard positions for B Major in Phrygian mode.


11 12 13 14 15
D♯ 1 E 2 F F♯ 4 G
A♯ 1 B 2 C C♯ 4 D
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A A♯
C♯ 1 D D♯ 3 E 4 F
G♯ 1 A A♯ 3 B 4 C
D♯ 1 E 2 F F♯ 4 G
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0 1 2 3 4
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯ 4
B 1 C C♯ 3 D D♯ 4
G G♯ 2 A A♯ 4 B
D D♯ 2 E 3 F F♯ 4
A A♯ 2 B 3 C C♯ 4
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯ 4
2 3 4 5 6
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A A♯ 4
C♯ 1 D D♯ 3 E 4 F
A A♯ 2 B 3 C C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯ 4
B 1 C C♯ 3 D D♯ 4
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A A♯ 4
4 5 6 7 8
G♯ 1 A A♯ 3 B 4 C
D♯ 1 E 2 F F♯ 4 G
B 1 C C♯ 3 D D♯
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A A♯ 4
C♯ 1 D D♯ 3 E 4 F
G♯ 1 A A♯ 3 B 4 C
6 7 8 9 10
A♯ 1 B 2 C C♯ 4 D
F F♯ 2 G G♯ 4 A
C♯ 1 D D♯ 3 E 4 F
G♯ 1 A A♯ 3 B 4 C
D♯ 1 E 2 F F♯ 4 G
A♯ 1 B 2 C C♯ 4 D
7 8 9 10 11
B 1 C C♯ 3 D D♯ 4
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A A♯ 4
D D♯ 2 E 3 F F♯
A A♯ 2 B 3 C C♯ 4
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯ 4
B 1 C C♯ 3 D D♯ 4
9 10 11 12 13
C♯ 1 D D♯ 3 E 4 F
G♯ 1 A A♯ 3 B 4 C
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
B 1 C C♯ 3 D D♯ 4
F♯ 1 G G♯ 3 A A♯ 4
C♯ 1 D D♯ 3 E 4 F
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 Notes  Fingers

Guitar Finger Names

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Intervals

Intervals between two notes in B Major scale.


Scale intervals

Intervals for any two of B Major in Phrygian mode.

D♯ E F♯ G♯ A♯ B C♯
D♯ U m2 m3 P4 P5 m6 m7
E M7 U M2 M3 Aug4 P5 M6
F♯ M6 m7 U M2 M3 P4 P5
G♯ P5 m6 m7 U M2 m3 P4
A♯ P4 Dim5 m6 m7 U m2 m3
B M3 P4 P5 M6 M7 U M2
C♯ M2 m3 P4 P5 M6 m7 U

Interval codes

U - Unison O - Octave
m2 - minor 2nd M2 - Major 2nd
m3 - minor 3rd M3 - Major 3rd
Aug4 - Augmented 4th P4 - Perfect 4th
Dim5 - Diminished 5th P5 - Perfect 5th
m6 - minor 6th M6 - Major 6th
m7 - minor 7th M7 - Major 7th

Finding an interval's name

In order to find interval name between two notes using the tables below:

  • a ) choose a note from the the first column of "Scale Intervals" table,
  • b ) choose a note from the first row of "Scale Intervals" table,
  • c ) find the cell of intersection for the column and the row your chosen notes are in in "Scale Intervals" table,
  • d ) read interval code from the cell,
  • e ) decode interval code using "Interval Codes" table (optional).

Interval counts

Counts of intervals found in B Major scale.

Interval U m2 M2 m3 M3 P4 Aug4 Dim5 P5 m6 M6 m7 M7
Count 7 2 5 4 3 6 1 1 6 3 4 5 2

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Pentatonic

Pentatonic for B Major in Phrygian mode.


B Major pentatonic consists of the following notes: D♯,E,F♯,A♯,B

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯
B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯
G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯
D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯
A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯
E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯ E F F♯ G G♯ A A♯ B C C♯ D D♯
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Positions for pentatonic

Postions for pentatonic of B Major in Phrygian mode.


11 12 13 14 15
D♯ 1 E 2 F F♯ 4 G
A♯ 1 B 2 C C♯ D
F♯ 1 G G♯ A A♯
C♯ D D♯ 3 E 4 F
G♯ A A♯ 3 B 4 C
D♯ 1 E 2 F F♯ 4 G
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0 1 2 3 4
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
B 1 C C♯ D D♯ 4
G G♯ A A♯ 4 B
D D♯ 2 E 3 F F♯ 4
A A♯ 2 B 3 C C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
2 3 4 5 6
F♯ 1 G G♯ A A♯ 4
C♯ D D♯ 3 E 4 F
A A♯ 2 B 3 C C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
B 1 C C♯ D D♯ 4
F♯ 1 G G♯ A A♯ 4
6 7 8 9 10
A♯ 1 B 2 C C♯ D
F F♯ 2 G G♯ A
C♯ D D♯ 3 E 4 F
G♯ A A♯ 3 B 4 C
D♯ 1 E 2 F F♯ 4 G
A♯ 1 B 2 C C♯ D
7 8 9 10 11
B 1 C C♯ D D♯ 4
F♯ 1 G G♯ A A♯ 4
D D♯ 2 E 3 F F♯
A A♯ 2 B 3 C C♯
E 1 F F♯ 3 G G♯
B 1 C C♯ D D♯ 4

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Guitar Finger Names

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Modes

Modes of B Major scale (relative to Phrygian mode).


Mode              
phrygian D♯ E F♯ G♯ A♯ B C♯
lydian E F♯ G♯ A♯ B C♯ D♯
mixolydian F♯ G♯ A♯ B C♯ D♯ E
aeolian G♯ A♯ B C♯ D♯ E F♯
locrian A♯ B C♯ D♯ E F♯ G♯
ionian B C♯ D♯ E F♯ G♯ A♯
dorian C♯ D♯ E F♯ G♯ A♯ B

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Relative Scale

Relative scale to B Major in Phrygian mode.


Relative scale to this scale is G# Natural Minor  Ionian .

See G# Natural Minor ionian scale.

Scale Chords

Various chords for B Major scale. Chords in this section are usable with any mode of this scale.


Short name (without a leading note) and number of chords of a given type are given in [] and the () respectively. Major triad names consist of the leading note only, hence no short name is shown for them here.

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Chords Shapes

Chords shapes for chords built on B Major scale.


Chord shapes with root note on G, D, A or E string.

Root note on G string

  • Major Triad
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D          
    A          
    E          
  • Minor Triad
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D          
    A          
    E          
  • Diminished
    e 1
    B 3
    G 4
    D          
    A          
    E          
  • Suspended 2nd
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D          
    A          
    E          
  • Suspended 4th
    e 1
    B 4
    G 3
    D          
    A          
    E          

Root note on D string

  • Major Triad
    e 2
    B 1
    G 3
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Minor Triad
    e 3
    B 2
    G 1
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Diminished
    e 3
    B 1
    G 2
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Suspended 2nd
    e 3
    B 2
    G 1
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Suspended 4th
    e 2
    B 1
    G 4
    D 3
    A          
    E          
  • Major 7th
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Minor 7th
    e 1
    B 3
    G 2
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Dominant 7th
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Half-diminished 7th
    e 1
    B 2
    G 3
    D 4
    A          
    E          
  • Major 6th
    e 4
    B 2
    G 3
    D 1
    A          
    E          
  • Minor 6th
    e 3
    B 2
    G 4
    D 1
    A          
    E          
  • Major 9th
    e 3
    B 4
    G 1
    D 2
    A          
    E          
  • Minor 9th
    e 3
    B 4
    G 1
    D 2
    A          
    E          
  • Major add9
    e 4
    B 1
    G 2
    D 3
    A          
    E          
  • Minor add9
    e 4
    B 2
    G 1
    D 3
    A          
    E          

Root note on A string

  • Major Triad
    e 1
    B 1 2
    G 1
    D 1 3
    A 1 4
    E          
  • Minor Triad
    e 1