E-flat Chord

The E-flat major triad, more commonly called the E-flat major chord or simply the E-flat chord for short, consists of the notes E-flat, G and B-flat. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and on the piano:

Let’s see it on the bass clef staff:

Here is the above chord on the piano:

As a major triad, the E-flat chord consists of a major third plus a minor third. The interval from E-flat to G is a major third, while the interval between G and B-flat is a minor third.

Inversions of the E-flat Chord

If the root of the E-flat chord – E-flat – is the bass note (i.e., the bottom note), then the chord is in root position:

If the third of the chord – G – is the bottom note, then the chord is in first inversion:

If the fifth of the chord – B-flat – is the bass note, then the chord is in second inversion. (B-flat is called the fifth of the chord because the interval from the root E-flat to B-flat is a fifth.)

E-flat Major Arpeggios

If the notes of a chord are played one after the other, the chord is said to be arpeggiated. Here are the standard fingerings for arpeggios of the E-flat chord. Make sure you learn these fingerings!

(If you don’t understand the below notation, you should start with my How to Read Sheet Music course.)

E-flat major arpeggio in root position:

E-flat major arpeggio in first inversion:

E-flat major arpeggio in second inversion:

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