F-flat note

The Solution below shows the position of note F-flat on the piano, treble clef and bass clef.

The Lesson steps then describe the note characteristics and relationship with the notes around it, and also lists which scales the note is in.

For a quick summary of this topic, have a look at Note name.

Note names on the piano
KeyCC#DbDD#EbEE#[Fb]FF#GbGG#AbAA#BbBB#Cb

Solution

1. F-flat note

This step shows note F-flat on two octaves, on the piano, treble clef and bass clef.

Fb is a white key on the piano.

Another name for Fb is E, which has the same note pitch / sound, which means that the two note names are enharmonic to each other.

It is called flat because it is 1 half-tone(s) / semitone(s) down from the white note after which is is named - note F.

F-flat note

Middle C (midi note 60) is shown with an orange line under the 2nd note on the piano diagram.

These note names are shown below on the treble clef followed by the bass clef.

F-flat note

F-flat note

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Lesson steps

1. Piano key note names

This step shows the white and black note names on a piano keyboard so that the note names are familiar for later steps, and to show that the note names start repeating themselves after 12 notes.

The white keys are named using the alphabetic letters A, B, C, D, E, F, and G, which is a pattern that repeats up the piano keyboard.

Every white or black key could have a flat(b) or sharp(#) accidental name, depending on how that note is used. In a later step, if sharp or flat notes are used, the exact accidental names will be chosen.

Sharp and flat note names

The audio files below play every note shown on the piano above, so middle C (marked with an orange line at the bottom) is the 2nd note heard.

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2. F-flat note

This step shows note F-flat in two different positions on the piano, and describes the note characteristics.

Fb is a white key on the piano.

Another name for Fb is E, which has the same note pitch / sound, which means that the two note names are enharmonic to each other.

It is called flat because it is 1 half-tone(s) / semitone(s) down from the white note after which is is named - note F.

The next note up from Fb is F.

Or put another way, F is 1 half-tone / semitone higher than Fb.

There are no black keys between Fb and F.

The next note down from Fb is Eb / D#.

Or put another way, Eb / D# is 1 half-tone / semitone lower than Fb.

F-flat note

Audio downloads
bass clef iconBass Clef:MidiMP3treble clef iconTreble Clef:MidiMP3

3. Note F-flat is found in which scales ?

This step shows which scales note F-flat occurs in, including the scale degree (ie. position / scale note number) of that scale.
Note F-flat is found in which scales ?
F-flat is the mediant of Dbb major scale (third note)
F-flat is the supertonic of Ebb major scale (second note)
F-flat is the tonic of Fb major scale (first note)
F-flat is the submediant of Abb major scale (sixth note)
F-flat is the dominant of Bbb major scale (fifth note)
F-flat is the subdominant of Cb major scale (fourth note)
F-flat is the mediant of Db natural minor scale (third note)
F-flat is the supertonic of Ebb natural minor scale (second note)
F-flat is the tonic of Fb natural minor scale (first note)
F-flat is the subtonic of Gb natural minor scale (seventh note)
F-flat is the submediant of Ab natural minor scale (sixth note)
F-flat is the dominant of Bbb natural minor scale (fifth note)
F-flat is the subdominant of Cb natural minor scale (fourth note)
F-flat is the mediant of Db harmonic minor scale (third note)
F-flat is the supertonic of Ebb harmonic minor scale (second note)
F-flat is the tonic of Fb harmonic minor scale (first note)
F-flat is the submediant of Ab harmonic minor scale (sixth note)
F-flat is the dominant of Bbb harmonic minor scale (fifth note)
F-flat is the subdominant of Cb harmonic minor scale (fourth note)
F-flat is the mediant of Db melodic minor scale (third note)
F-flat is the supertonic of Ebb melodic minor scale (second note)
F-flat is the tonic of Fb melodic minor scale (first note)
F-flat is the submediant of Abb melodic minor scale (sixth note)
F-flat is the dominant of Bbb melodic minor scale (fifth note)
F-flat is the subdominant of Cb melodic minor scale (fourth note)