B flat ( )
The note in between A and B; higher than A, but lower than B.
This is a proper flat sign but we normally type it as a small case b: Bb
There are 2 ways of fingering it:
- or -
You can choose the one that feels most comfortable for you.
When there's one flat in the key signature, on the B line, this turns all the Bs into B flats:
When there isn't a flat in the key signature, we write B flats by putting the flat sign before the note:
A flat or sharp sign before a note lasts for the rest of the bar, so this is a Bb too.
Try these exercises:
Click the triangles to play
- Finger a low F natural
- Take your little finger off
- Bend your thumb
like high E
Like low F, but
no little finger
Sounds like this:
Looks like this: