It’s recap time! For the past several weeks we’ve been presenting our series on the Blues Scale. Last week we reached the fifth and final pattern, and now it’s time to take a look back at each of them! Not only are Blues Scales widely used in both rock and blues (as well as other genres) – they are also fantastic exercises to train your fingers, and are a ton of fun to play! For those familiar with the Minor Pentatonic Scales, Blues Scales are a great addition to that knowledge – it’s just adding one note into the scale!

Let’s talk about what’s happening in the grid boxes. The green notes are the “Root Notes” (also called “Tonic Notes”) – the notes that give the scale its name. A root note grounds the melody and gives it that sense of “home”, and the musical scale itself starts on a root note and completes at its next root note. We’ve included blue notes as well which are the “Blues Notes”, or Flat Fifth (b5th) notes, that highlight the sound of the Blues scale! Those blue notes are also the notes that are not found in the regular Minor Pentatonic Scales.

Check below for links to our blog on how to play each Blues Scale and a tab of where to play each Blues Position in the key of E Minor!

How do you feel about Blues Scales? Do you use them in your playing? They’re for far more genres of music than just the blues! We’re currently offering Video Conference Lessons if you want to learn the blues from a professional!Next week – Blues Riffing!

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