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The Blues Scale


Nov 21, 2017 Beginning, General Comments are off

One of the most commonly used scales in music besides the Major Scale is the Blues Scale.

Today lets learn it – then later I will show you ways to apply it.


First most scales are seven notes in a certain interval formula.

(an interval is the distance between any two notes – more on this later)

What that means is out of the twelve notes in our musical system

we usually use just seven of the twelve.

First lets review the number formula for a Major Scale:

R/1, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th/R or octave

The notes in the key of C are:


On musical staff:

The Blues Scale number formulas is:

R1, b3rd, 4th, b5th, 5th, b7th, 8th/R or octave.

The notes in the key of C would be:

C, Eb, F, Gb, G, Bb, C

Written on musical staff:

As you learn any scale remember to play slowly up and down in tone. Make sure you use minimum finger movement and do not play faster then you can clearly. Make sure that your fingers and the pick are moving exactly synchronized. This prevents a flapping or flam sound.


Now transpose these to each position (register) of your instrument, then to all 15 keys.


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