The Dreaded Key Of Eb

2017-11-01T13:42:21+00:00October 17th, 2015|5 Comments

This week I’m going to show you how to contend with the dreaded key of Eb.

Remember to LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW, SHARE THE POST (just click on your preferred social platform below) and then …

Sign Up To Talkingbass For FREE!

Join over 40,000 members and R.A.I.S.E your Bass Game Today!

FREE Ebook Downloads, Practice Tracks, Drum Tracks and MUCH MORE!

Join Now!!


  1. Doug October 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Cool!, great coverage of the topic! Thank you for including the down-loadable lesson materials, as always. I don’t know if I should be happy about the fact that the first thing my nerdy mind did was visualize the Wheel of Fifths when you first mentioned Eb. Eb Maj. with three flats, the “BEAD” mnemonic, etc. Bb, Eb, Ab, and since you went Mixo on us, make it a Db 🙂 Have a great weekend, Mr. Smith; always enjoy & benefit from your lessons!

  2. Kirk "Otto Bass" Thill October 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    You nailed it again Mark! You just solved a big problem for me on a couple of songs. This is good for a lot of I IV V songs that take you up too high on the neck which makes the bass line too thin, lacking bottom.

  3. Mark October 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Mark after a few days messing with this lesson it helped me a great deal understand the framework of arpeggios to which I’m just now getting use to.
    The first 8 months I had to get my dexterity back after a ten year lay off.
    Thank you much ,
    Mark S. B.

  4. Martin O'brien October 18, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Hi Mark,

    Great lesson. I always felt not confident in Eb and descending from the root down. This is helping me a lot. Time for practice. Thanks

  5. oink July 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I play 5 string bass, so I am fine with all the keys, I just hit Eb on 4th fret of low B. Or if I have to do dreaded key of E flat on 4 string bass, then I do drop D tuning, or tune a half step down.

Leave A Comment