The Eb (E flat) chord is made up of three notes – Eb, G and Bb.
You can actually play an Eb chord on piano in three different ways:
- Root Position – This is where the Eb note is lowest
- First Inversion – Eb note is highest
- Second Inversion – Eb note is in the middle
Now let’s quickly cover these three in a little more detail…
And then we’ll take a look (and listen) at some famous songs which use the Eb chord. These are fun. They sound good. And can really help you develop smooth and confident Eb chord changes.
Eb Chord Piano – Root Position
Whenever you play an Eb chord on piano, and Eb is the lowest note, that’s known as root position. It looks like this:
There are seven places on a standard piano where you can play an Eb chord in root position. Can you find them all?
Below is what all seven look like on sheet music. Click the play button to hear what they sound like too.
It’s probably not the best sounding chord progression you’ve ever heard.
But keep reading… the good sounding stuff is just a little further below… right after we get through the basics.
Eb Chord Piano – First Inversion
Whenever you play an Eb chord on piano, and Eb is the highest note, that’s known as the first inversion. Here’s what it looks like:
And here is the first inversion played in all positions up the piano:
Eb Chord Piano – Second Inversion
Whenever you play an Eb chord on piano, and Eb is the note in the middle, that’s known as the second inversion. Here’s what the second inversion looks like:
And here is the second inversion played in all positions up the piano:
Famous “Eb Chord” Songs
Okay. We made it to the fun part!
Below you’ll see some popular songs which use the Eb chord in their chord progressions. These are great to practise, because they’re fairly simple, but they sound good.
First practice them as they are written. But once you get comfortable with that, feel free to try different Eb chord inversions.
Then, once you get comfortable with that, try playing the chords in different positions on the piano.
And if you want to really test yourself:
Try playing the melody lower on the piano, with your left hand. And the chords higher on the piano with your right hand.
The first song we’ll take a look at is Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. It uses the Eb chord in root position so is a great song to start with.
Eb Chord Piano Example 1 – Beautiful
The next song is Titanium by David Guetta. This song uses the Eb chord in the first inversion.
Eb Chord Piano Example 2 – Titanium
Finally, let’s take a look at Fix You by Coldplay. This song uses the Eb chord in the second inversion.
After you get the hang of it, don’t forget to practice the chords in different positions and different inversions.
Eb Chord Piano Example 3 – Fix You
That’s about it for this post. I really hope you enjoyed it and learnt something new about Eb chords.