It’s recap time! For the past several months we’ve been presenting our series on the Blues Scale. Last week we finished up with some riffing using the fifth and final pattern, and now it’s time to take a look back at each of them, and use them all together! 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 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 a piece using each pattern in order, “climbing up the neck” in the key of A minor, as well as a blues backing track to try it out on! Also, at the end of this post are links on how to play each Blues Scale as well as riffs for each pattern!
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 are returning to in-home lessons as well as offering Video Conference Lessons if you want to learn the blues from a professional!
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Blues Pattern #1 Riffing:
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Blues Pattern #5 Riffing:
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