B Flat Major Scale
The key/scale of B♭ has 2 flats: B♭ & E♭. When adding flats (going counterclockwise on the Circle of 5ths), the new flat will always be at scale degree 4. E♭ is the 4 in B♭. We already played a B♭ Major scale based on scale pattern 51 in a previous session.
This is scale pattern 52 pattern of our 7 Majors scale system and is played in our alpha-tone order (lowest root → highest in pattern → lowest in pattern → back to starting root). This pattern populates octave 53 (the octave with string address of strings 5 & 3 – scale pattern 51 also uses octave 53).
We first train with the scale in P1 (we begin the scale with the 1 finger). We can also train in P0 and this would show us how the form moves up the board (we begin the scale with the 2 finger with the index ‘playing’ the nut).
Next, improvise with the B flat Major scale for a few minutes.
And, consider some of the chords which come out of this tone set → B♭, Cm, Dm, E♭, F, Gm (in a position, alphabetically, these follow the CAGED sequence – like all ‘fixed position’ scale forms).
B Major • 3 Tones Per String
For this pattern, we have to move it onto the board to pick up the lowest tone (would be E♭ for the key of B♭, and this tone would be minus 1 fret). The B♭ 3 tones per string version can be played completely by starting the pattern at fret 11 on string 6.
So here’s the complete 3 tones per string version at the nut…B Major.
Run the list…train, jam, build chords.
Since the lowest tone in this pattern is the 4th degree of the scale, this scale pattern will sometimes be referred to as Lydian.