D flat Major scale

the D flat (D♭) major scale has five flats (5 ♭) and according to the flats order they are the B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat and the G♭ (B♭, E♭, A♭, D♭ & G♭).
The names of the notes in the D flat major scale are: D♭ E♭ F G♭ A♭ B♭ C

D flat major scale

Like all other major scales, D flat major scale is composed by this sequence of whole steps and half steps united states of america (tones and semitones united kingdom):

united states of america:1 Whole step / 1 Whole step / 1 half step / 1 Whole step / 1 Whole step / 1 Whole step / 1 half step

united kingdom: 1 Tone / 1 Tone / 1 semitone / 1 Tone / 1 Tone / 1 Tone / 1 semitone

whole steps and half steps in D flat major scale

Leading Tone of D flat Major

The leading Tone of D flat Major is C, because C is the degree VII and is distant to a seventh major of the tonic, or an half step united states of america (semitone united kingdom) lower than the tonic).

Chords of D flat major scale

Here are triad chords for D flat Major scale:

Chord I : D♭ Major (Notes: D♭ F A♭)
Chord II : E♭ minor (Notes: E♭ G♭ B♭)
Chord III : F minor (Notes: F A♭ C)
Chord IV : G♭ Major (Notes: G♭ B♭ D♭)
Chord V : A♭ Major (Notes: A♭ C E♭)
Chord VI : B♭ minor (Notes: B♭ D♭ F)
Chord VII : C diminished (Notes: C E♭ G♭)

Key signature of D flat major scale

The key signature of D flat Major has five flats (5♭).

key signature 5 flats

D flat Major scale in most common clefs


Here is D flat major scale in most common clefs: treble clef, bass clef, tenor clef and alto clef.

D flat Major scale in treble clef (G-clef)

Below is the D flat major scale in treble clef:

D flat Major scale in treble clef (G-clef)

D flat Major scale in bass clef

Below is the D flat major scale in bass clef:

D flat Major scale in bass clef

D flat Major scale in alto clef

Below is the D flat major scale in alto clef:

D flat Major scale in alto clef

D flat Major scale in tenor clef

Below is the D flat major scale in tenor clef:

D flat Major scale in tenor clef

Scale degrees of D flat major

The degrees of D flat major scale are:

D♭ : degree I (Tonic)
E♭ : degree II (Supertonic)
F : degree III (Mediant)
G♭ : degree IV (Subdominant)
A♭ : degree V (Dominant)
B♭ : degree VI (Submediant)
C : degree VII (Leading Tone)

Closely related keys of D flat Major

Closely related keys of D flat Major are:

- A flat Major
- G flat Major
- F minor
- B flat minor
- E flat minor

Relative minor key of D flat Major

The relative minor key of D flat Major is B flat minor and below if the B flat minor natural scale:

B flat natural minor scale

D flat major scale on a piano

Below is the D flat major scale on a piano:

D flat major scale on a piano

You will notice that only the white piano keys are used. Music notes must be played successively from left to right to obtain the ascending scale, or from right to left for the descending scale.

D flat major triad chord

The D flat major triad chord as a root note (D flat), a major third (D flat / A) and a perfect fifth (D flat / A flat):

D flat major perfect chord triad

And below is the D flat major triad chord on a piano keyboard:

D flat major triad chord on a piano

Authentic cadence (perfect cadence) in D flat major

Here is an Authentic cadence united states of america (perfect cadence united kingdom) in D flat major :

Authentic cadence (perfect cadence) in D flat major

D flat Major scale video

Here is a D flat Major scale video:

D flat major on the circle of fifths

You can find D flat major on the circle of fifths and its key signature, relative minor key and closely related keys :
circle of fifths

Famous works D flat major

Here are some works by famous composers composed in D flat major:

Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin)

Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag ragtime has a part composed in D flat major (the trio):

Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin

String Quartet No.16, Op.135 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No. 16, Opus 135 features a movement titled Lento assai, cantante e tranquilo (very slow, singing and quiet) which is predominantly written in D flat major.


This excerpt was recorded by the Borromeo String Quartet (source, license Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0))

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How much flats in D flat major?

Too much for me 5♭ 6♭ 7♭

What is the relative minor of D flat major?

A minor C minor D minor B flat minor

What is the dominant note in D flat major?

A♭ B♭ C♭ D♭ E♭ F♭ G♭

What are the major chords of D flat major?

degrees I II and III degrees IV V and VI degrees I IV and V

What are the minor chords of D flat major?

degrees I II and III degrees II III and VI degrees I V and V
D flat major key signature

D flat major key signature

What is the key signature of D flat major? How many flats are in the key of D flat major key? Here is the answer:

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