The Notes in the Bb Major Scale are as follows:

Bb C D Eb F G A

Progression Examples:

  1. Bb Bbmaj7 Eb F Gm
  2. Bbmaj7 F Eb F7 Bb Gm F
  3. Bb5 Eb5 F5
  4. Bb Dm F Adim G F
  5. C5 F5 Bb5
  6. Bb Gm7 Dm7 Eb F7
  7. Ebmaj7 F Bbmaj7 F7 Bb
  8. Bb Eb Adim Dm Gm F

Bb5 Eb5 F5 F5 G5 G5 F5 F5 Bb5

Bb5 G5 F5 G5 F5 Bb5

Bb5 Eb5 G5 F5 Eb5

Bb Major is a Key where you have to start thinking a little more. Because of the 2 flats it contains composing and writing in this key makes it a little bit harder. …But not if you really know your notes on your guitar. If you do, you can have lots of fun with the flat keys as they are not so popular amongst us guitar players because of how they are positioned on the neck.

Listening examples

Rondo in B-flat for Violin and Orchestra (Mozart)

String Quartet No. 5 (Shostakovich)

Symphony No. 5 (Prokofiev)

Assignment: Play through the progressions, and learn the Bb Major Scale which is also G Minor. Record some chords and begin to Improvise melodies over them. You can never start improvising too early. Starting now will work wonders for your ear, and playing ability.G Minor

The Notes in the G Minor Scale are as follows:

G A Bb C D Eb F

Progression Examples:

  1. Gm F Eb Bb Adim Gm
  2. G5 D5 Eb5 F5 G5 F5 G5 D5
  3. Dm Eb F Gm Gm7
  4. Gm7 Cm7 Dm7
  5. Gm Cm Dm Dm7
  6. Gm Bb F Gm
  7. Adim Dm Dm7 Gm7 Gm
  8. Gm Cm F Bb Eb A Dm

G5 C5 D5 Eb5

G5 C5 D5 G5

G5 C5 D5 D5 Eb5 C5 D5 G5

An easy way to figure out the scales for the relative MINOR key is to simply take the Major Scale Bb C D Eb F G A, and copy and paste the first five notes after the A. So you now should have  G A Bb C D Eb F. Which is the G Minor scale. You can do this for every single key.

Listening examples

The_Four_Seasons_(Vivaldi) Summer, RV315 – Antonio Vivaldi

Symphony No. 40Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony no. 7 in G Minor by Scarlatti

Assignment: Learn the G minor Scale on a single string. (the 3rd String). Improvise 5 short, 1 bar melodies, writing down each one. Do not venture out from this string. Stay on the 3rd string. This will give you motives that you can develop later on.