B Major Scale on Piano & Guitar + Chords in the Key of B Major

    🦋 Here's a beautiful B major scale reference which shows the notes and finger position on the piano keyboard. You'll also find the intervals and scale degrees that make up the B major scale.

    Plus, an interactive tool to play B major diatonic chords and a list of common chord progressions in the key of B major.

    🎸 You'll also find the B major scale on the guitar fretboard, with the notes, intervals or scale degrees, plus a way to highlight the scale at different positions on the fretboard using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system.

    The C major scale is enharmonic to the B major scale. It has the same pitches, but uses different notes names: C D E F G A B.

    → go to all major & minor scales

    The notes of the B major scale are B, C, D, E, F, G and A

    The relative minor of the B major scale is G♯ minor

    B major scale piano layout & finger position

    Here's a piano keyboard showing the notes of the B major scale, followed by a visual for the finger position on the piano. Hit play to hear the notes of the B major scale up and down:

    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B

    B
    F♯
    C♯
    G♯
    D♯
    A♯
    E
    B
    B
    E
    C♯
    F♯
    D♯
    G♯
    A♯
    B

    left hand

    right hand

    B Major Scale on Guitar

    🎸 Here you'll find a guitar fretboard representation with the notes of the B major scale , using standard guitar tuning: E A D G B E. You can show all notes, only the root notes, the intervals or the scale degrees:

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    You can also highlight specific scale positions on the guitar fretboard for the B major scale, using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system (TNPS):

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    Chords in the key of B major
    (B major diatonic chords)

    The diatonic chords in the key of B major are: B major, C minor, D minor, E major, F major, G minor and A diminished

    Tap or use numbers 1 through 7 to trigger the chords. You can also tap to trigger the chord inversions or the 7th chords. This tool can be used as a chord progression generator.

    Common chord progressions in the key of B major

    Here's list of popular major key chord progressions along with the specific chords they represent in the key of B major. Again, you can use numbers 1 through 7 on your keyboard to trigger the different chords:

    I B maj
    IV E maj
    V F maj
    I B maj
    vi G min
    ii C min
    V F maj
    vi G min
    IV E maj
    I B maj
    V F maj
    I B maj
    iii D min
    IV E maj
    V F maj
    I B maj
    IV E maj
    vi A min
    V F maj
    ii C min
    V F maj
    I B maj
    I B maj
    vi G min
    IV E maj
    V F maj
    I B maj
    IV E maj
    ii C min
    V F maj
    iii D min
    vi G min
    ii C min
    V F maj
    I B maj
    V F maj
    vi G min
    IV E maj
    I B maj
    IV E maj
    V F maj
    I B maj
    I B maj
    V F maj
    ii C min
    iii D min

    Toggle B major scale intervals & scale degrees

    degrees notes intervals
    1: Tonic B Unison
    2: Supertonic C Major 2nd
    3: Mediant D Major 3rd
    4: Subdominant E Perfect 4th
    5: Dominant F Perfect 5th
    6: Submediant G Major 6th
    7: Leading Tone A Major 7th
    1: Octave/Tonic B Perfect 8th

    Popular Songs in the Key of B Major

    • November Rain by Guns N' Roses
    • Lightning Crashes by Live
    • Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana
    • Scars by Papa Roach
    • Thunderstruck by AC/DC
    • Lights by Ellie Goulding
    • The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel
    • Drive by The Cars
    • California Girls by The Beach Boys
    • Sailing by Rod Stewart
    • Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
    • I'm Yours by Jason Mraz

    Major scale formula

    🔧 The major scales are constructed using this note pattern:

    • W-W-H-W-W-W-H
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    W = Whole step   H = Half step


    go to a different major or minor scale:

    C majorC majorD majorD majorE majorE majorF majorF majorG majorG majorA majorA majorB majorC major

    C minor C minor D minorD minorD minorE minorE minorF minorF minorG minorG minorA minorA minorA minorB minorB minor


    piano samples

    The piano samples used for this B major scale reference are from “ Salamander Grand Piano V3 ” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.

    drum samples

    The drum samples used here are from “ Mailbox Badger : Public Domain Drum Samples : Vol. 2 ”by Mailbox Badger/Patrick Callan, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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