Each of these Flat Scales includes at least one flat. Another flat is added as the color circles change from light green to dark blue.
Order of Flats
Memorize the order of flats quickly and easily using this order:
B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat, C flat and F flat.
The first four flats spell the word BEAD.
7 Piano Scales with Flat Key Signatures
F Major Scale has B flat only.
Bb Major Scale has B flat and E flat
Eb Major Scale has B flat, E flat and A flat.
Ab Major Scale – with B flat, E flat, A flat and D flat.
Db Major Scale – with B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat and G flat.
Gb Major Scale – with B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat and C flat.
Cb Major Scale – B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat, C flat and G flat.
Add Flats to Scales
The addition of flats in the order listed above on the Circle of Fifths is done very predictably. The first flat scale, F Major, has only B flat. The next scale is the B Flat major scale. It includes the B flat added previously in the F major scale PLUS adds E flat which is four notes above.
Each flat added after that on the circle is 4 notes above the last flat. Once you understand this simple pattern you will be able to easily remember all seven flat key signatures in music.
Piano Music Scales