This week we continue our series on the Blues Scale! Today we’ve got a Blues Riff and a Blues Backing Track to get you started on applying the scale. 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 above grid box. 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.

Take a look at the tab, which is using Blues Pattern #1 in the key of G, by the first note in the scale starting on the third fret, low E string.

Check below for a blues backing track to try this out on!

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