JRS Survival Guitar Lesson 7: The Minor Blues Scale

The fourth Survival Scale to learn is the Major Blues Scale.

Click on Minor Blues Scale to hear a midi file example.

minbluesThe Minor Blues Scale is shown here, arranged to span two octaves on the guitar.

The Minor Blues Scale is a modified Minor Pentatonic Scale. Penta-what? A pentatonic scale is a scale that contains five notes. The Minor Pentatonic Scale is therefore a five note Minor Scale. To create the Minor Blues Scale, we take the Minor Pentatonic Scale and add a “blue” note (a flatted fifth–more on that later). The result is the classic blues sound.

If you’ve been going through the other lessons, you’ll recognize that what your looking at closely resembles the plain old Minor Scale. Well, you’re right! The Minor Blues Scale, and the Minor Pentatonic Scale it derives from, are both based on the Minor Scale.

So, now you’ve had some theory behind the scale thrown at you. Again, don’t worry too much about the technical stuff right now; I’ll explain more later. For now, commit this thing to memory.








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