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Notes and Key Siganature

Scale notes, degrees and key signature to Cb Major in Ionian mode.


C♭ Major Scale notes and degrees

  • C♭
    Tonic   ( I )
  • D♭
    Supertonic   ( ii )
  • E♭
    Mediant   ( iii )
  • F♭
    Subdominant   ( IV )
  • G♭
    Dominant   ( V )
  • A♭
    Submediant   ( vi )
  • B♭
    Leading tone   ( viio )

C♭ Major Scale Key Signature

C♭ Major scale key signature consists of 7 accidental(s) : C♭ D♭ E♭ F♭ G♭ A♭ B♭

Enharmonic Equivalent Scale

Direct enharmonic equivalent to C♭ Major is B Major scale

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Scale formula

C♭ Major in Ionian mode. Scale formula expressed in terms of (H)alf and (W)hole steps.


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

Chromatic scale

Chromatic scale note names for C♭ Major scale.

C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭

Fretboard

Layout of notes in C♭ 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 E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭
B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭
G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭
D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭
A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭
E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭
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Positions

Fretboard positions for Cb Major in Ionian mode.


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

Intervals between two notes in Cb Major scale.


Scale intervals

Intervals for any two of Cb Major in Ionian mode.

C♭ D♭ E♭ F♭ G♭ A♭ B♭
C♭ U M2 M3 P4 P5 M6 M7
D♭ m7 U M2 m3 P4 P5 M6
E♭ m6 m7 U m2 m3 P4 P5
F♭ P5 M6 M7 U M2 M3 Aug4
G♭ P4 P5 M6 m7 U M2 M3
A♭ m3 P4 P5 m6 m7 U M2
B♭ m2 m3 P4 Dim5 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 Cb Major scale.

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

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Pentatonic

Pentatonic for Cb Major in Ionian mode.


C♭ Major pentatonic consists of the following notes: C♭,D♭,E♭,G♭,A♭

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 E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭
B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭
G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭
D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭
A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭
E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭ E E♭ F♭ G G♭ A A♭ B B♭ C♭ D D♭
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Positions for pentatonic

Postions for pentatonic of Cb Major in Ionian mode.


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

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Modes

Modes of Cb Major scale (relative to Ionian mode).


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

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Relative Scale

Relative scale to Cb Major in Ionian mode.


Relative scale to this scale is Ab Natural Minor  Aeolian .

See Ab Natural Minor aeolian scale.

Scale Chords

Various chords for Cb 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 Cb 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